To Idle or to Turn Off the Car?
Even during the winter it’s unnecessary to warm up your engine for more than 30 seconds before driving. Today’s engines are made to withstand extreme cold (and more frequent restarts) and are unlikely to break down due to cold weather conditions. The engine actually warms up faster when “at-work,” rather than in park.7 In fact, did you know that idling for more than 5 minutes is illegal in many cities across Colorado? Be sure to check your city’s idling codes to make sure you aren’t breaking the law by idling! Turning off your engine also you to avoid sitting in a cloud of your own car’s exhaust, which is better for your health and doesn’t create a pollution cloud for unsuspecting pedestrians to wander into.
Beyond all else, there is one very simple way to avoid the negative impacts of idling – drive an electric car! In electric cars, you can idle all you want and still avoid spewing exhaust fumes into the local area. Win-win!
Written by: Sonja Meintsma