This week’s tip comes from one of the team members at Gregg Smith Automotive in Belleview, FL; his name is Sammy and he’s the friendliest greeter you’ll ever meet.
Sammy wants to point out that as summer continues on and the temperatures rise, it’s important to remember not to leave pets inside your vehicle for any length of time. Even if the temperature outside doesn’t feel quite as hot on a particular day, the temperature inside of the car can greatly differ (especially with the windows completely rolled up). On a day where the temperature is around 90 degrees, the temperature inside the vehicle with the windows rolled up can get up to 120 degrees.
Here is a graphic that shows what the temperature inside might be, even if the temperature outside feels a lot cooler:
Although it’s not against the law to leave your pet inside your vehicle in the state of Florida, your pet’s life does count on it.
“Children have died in cars with the temperature as low as 63 degrees. Basically the car becomes a greenhouse. At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees.”
– Jan Null, adjunct professor at San Francisco State University
Sammy asks you to please keep your pet’s health in mind!