I keep water containers in my car to stay hydrated after workouts. The last couple of winters have been mild with the temperature never really got below freezing for very long. This lulled me into believing that my water containers would never freeze in my car this winter.

My mom gave me a nice aluminum water bottle back in 2019 which was used for supplemental water in my car. I didn’t use it at the gym or at Martial arts because the lid was a screw off and took too long to remove. One string of days in December, the temperature fell into the teens. I forgot the bottle was in my car and the water froze and expanded in the bottle. The lid was screwed on so tight, it couldn’t push out the top and split the aluminum bottom.  I hope this teaches me a lesson to remove my water bottles in the winter.