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Is it safe to leave food in my vehicle during the winter?

Winter food safety tips 

Once the cold starts rolling around, we sometimes feel it is okay to leave our food in our vehicle a little bit longer. But when does it start to become okay and when does it push the boundaries to become hazardous to our health? Keep reading to learn about the temperatures it is okay to leave certain types of food in your vehicle and if you should in general. 

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What type of food or beverage are you keeping in your vehicle? 

Different types of food can be left in different temperature differences. A good number of refrigerated food can be kept between 34-39°F. Foods kept in the freezer can be in the vehicle when the temperature dips around 0°F. Beverages, on the other hand, should be kept around 30°F, especially soda. If soda finds itself under freezing temperature, you can expect it to explode. 

How long is the food or drink left in your vehicle? 

We suggest not leaving your food in your vehicle for more than a few hours. The temperature can fluctuate quite a bit during the day, which can end up ruining your food. Always make sure to keep an eye on the forecast and keep in mind that the inside of your vehicle or garage will usually be 10°F warmer than the outdoors. 

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Check out our online inventory 

We offer a variety of Toyota vehicle options on our lot. Many of our options range with different drive train options to technology features. Make sure to find a vehicle that will keep you safe during the winter. If you have any questions about which vehicle to choose from, contact us and we will help you find what you need. 

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