In summer driving with the car, if you do not have air conditioning, it can be hell. Almost everyone carries a bottle of water in the car, but this can mean several different types of hazards, that you have to know to avoid them.
Carrying a bottle of water in the vehicle is something that the DGT itself recommends. The reason is that driving dehydrated causes us to make the same mistakes as if we had drunk. It is advisable to drink water often so as not to lose the powers behind the wheel.
But this raises some doubts: Where to take the bottle of water? When can you drink and when not? The OcasionPlus vehicle sales portal, via Auto Bild, explains all the dangers associated with the presence of a bottle of water inside the car.
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Always within reach of the driver
We may get thirsty, or heat stroke, while driving. But we can’t stop because we are on the highway, for example.
The water bottle must be within reach of the driver. If you are in the back seat, or far away, you will have to stretch or even take your eyes off the road, and this can lead to an accident. Be careful because Drinking while driving can be a sanction, if an agent sees you and considers that you have put other drivers in danger.
Never on the ground
Many people leave the bottle under the seat, or to one side. Or directly on the ground. This is dangerous because it can roll to a position under a pedal, and prevent us from stepping on the brake. It has happened in accidents registered by insurers.
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Beware of the Elephant Effect
The Elephant Effect is a colloquial way of calling the law of physics governing motion and inertia. When the car is traveling at a certain speed, any object that is thrown out by a hard braking will with a force equivalent to dozens of times its weight.
For example, a 72-pound person hitting something at high speed will do it with a force equivalent to that of a mass of 4.2 tons: what an elephant weighs.
The same happens with a bottle: before a sudden stop at 60 km / h, It will be fired with a force of 60 Kilos. It can cause serious damage to the vehicle, or to a person.
Solution: in the glove box or the coaster
The solution to all the above dangers is simple: carry the water bottle in the glove compartment near the driver, or in the coaster of the car.
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Watch out for the heat
The problems don’t end when we park. Leaving the bottle in the car in hot weather is also inadvisable. In summer the interior of the vehicle can be at 50 degrees. If the water has microorganisms or bacteria, just because we have sniffed in the bottle, with the heat they will reproduce quickly, polluting the water. Also many plastic bottles generate microplastics when subjected to high temperatures.
The magnifying glass effect
Finally, be careful with the magnifying glass effect. If sunlight hits the bottle, the water magnifies the heat, through a magnifying effect. The beam of light can reach over 100 degrees temperature, and although it is unlikely to start a fire, it can still burn the upholstery.