"alkaline batteries can even burst and leak."
Experts have issued a warning to anybody who drives with their phone in their car.
Many people might accidentally leave their phone in their car but as temperatures in the UK plummet, devices can be damaged.
According to CarMoney, it can kill your phone’s battery for good.
In winter, the temperature of the inside of a car is colder than the outside because the metal of the car conducts the cold.
Therefore, it keeps the car as cold as it was outside the car at the coldest point.
The majority of phone batteries are made of lithium, which is extremely vulnerable to cold temperatures.
Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can damage your phone, resulting in it no longer working.
Experts at CarMoney warned: “Leaving laptops and other electronic devices is also a bad item due to their internal lithium-ion batteries becoming compromised by the cold weather.
“Expensive electronics should also be moved out of the car overnight due to security reasons.
“You’ll find that your batteries will run out of energy sooner due to the cold temperature affecting the electrochemical reactions within the battery, and alkaline batteries can even burst and leak.”
CarMoney also issued a warning about pressurised cans being left in cars overnight.
“A low temperature can cause the pressurised cans to destabilise, resulting in cracks or even an explosion of the can.
“The same goes for hairspray, spray paint or WD-40.
“If the seal is not broken after being left overnight in freezing temperatures, it may be possible to defrost the tin of food in the fridge but if it looks or smells bad, do not eat it.”
Drivers should also take fizzy drink cans with them when exiting their cars because sub-zero temperatures can cause them to explode.
On medication, CarMoney said:
“Many people may leave their medication in the car as a reminder to take them on their daily commute.”
“However, leaving prescribed medications in the car overnight during the winter may hinder their effectiveness, and even render them dangerous to take.”
Fragile items like glasses can also be vulnerable because if left unattended overnight, there is the risk of broken frames.
Similarly, musical instruments can shrink or expand during freezing weather.
The cold weather can damage the glue joints and render instruments unplayable.