A girl never forgets the first time she cooks a bottle of sunscreen in a hot car. 

Flashback to last summer...

Downloading my car, I was running later than a pregnant woman when I got distracted by my kid and the cold and frozen groceries I was scrambling to get to the fridge. 

And just like that, I spaced out and completely forgot about the bottle of sunscreen sitting in my backseat. Though I didn't know it then, to make future matters even worse, I also didn't crack a window or park in the shady part of my driveway. 

Grown-up tantrum in 3, 2, 1...

Fast-forward a few hours. I'm back in the car for a quick errand when I spot what looks like Paul Bunyan's load cooking my leather seats. In an instant, I cursed myself out of with a series of expletives like a sailor on leave and damned my generation's awareness of UV rays. 

In an effort to avoid skin cancer and looking like a shriveled prune in my golden years, I gifted myself the mother of all messes on a 104-degree day in Boise.  

Leaving sunscreen in a hot car is a hard lesson to learn, y'all. 

Now, you'd think I would've gotten my $#!t together after my hell-hot car warped my brand-new Tarjay sunglasses two weeks prior. But no. It took a 28-ounce plastic squeezy bottle of Banana Boat leaking all over my new car for it to sink in. Super, right?

And that, friend, is why on hot summer days, I do a quick sweep for sunscreen and the 12 other culprits waiting to wreak havoc on my hot car in the gallery below. 

I highly suggest all Idahoans do the same 🙃 

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13 Things Idahoans Need to Pull Out of Their Hot Cars Right Now

Idaho summers aren't the hottest around, but don't let that fool you.

The Gem State hits triple-digit temps often enough for locals to regret leaving these 13 things in their cars during the hottest weeks of the year 😳

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela & Lori Crofford

10 Most Popular Makes and Models Getting Speeding Tickets

To identify the car brands with the most speed-prone drivers, the data scientists at Insurify turned to their database of more than 4.6 million car insurance applications. When applying for car insurance, drivers disclose their vehicle make and model, as well as any citations, such as speeding tickets, they have on their driving record within the past seven years. For each vehicle brand, Insurify data scientists compared the number of drivers reporting a speeding ticket against the total number of drivers in the database to determine the share of drivers with a speeding ticket.

Gallery Credit: Kyle Matthews

Here are the Top 5 Most Popular Trucks in Idaho (Are You Driving One of These?)

Gallery Credit: Parker Kane

12 Car Parts & Accessories Idaho Thieves Steal The Most

They may have resigned themselves to a life of career crime, but Idaho car thieves are getting savvier by the year. You may be surprised by what they're able to resell on the black market.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

9 Moving Violations That Do the Most Damage to Your Idaho Driving Record

According to the Idaho Transportation Department, these are the 9 moving violations that can lead to 4 points being added onto your license.

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

The Nifty Speeding Loophole More Idaho Drivers Should Use

Did you know Idaho residents can do 15 mph over the speed limit to pass a slow car on the highway? It's true! But this handy loophole doesn't give us a free pass to speed whenever we want.

Scroll on for the do's and don'ts of Idaho's passing loophole...

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

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