To Idle or not to Idle


It is that time of the year when many motorists let their vehicle “warm-up” or idle before driving. Today’s modern cars are ready to operate in cold temperatures without excessive idling.
Unless you are trying to defrost the windshield or warm the interior of your car, idling unnecessarily for today’s vehicles, does not benefit you, or your vehicle. The best way to warm up your car’s engine is to drive gently at the start. It is important to remember that a car gets zero miles per gallon when idling. That lowers your overall gas mileage, and nobody likes paying for gas to go to waste.
The idea of idling before driving dates back to when cars were built with carburetors, but with new fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems, and thinner synthetic oils, drivers don’t need to warm up their vehicles before hitting the road.
When a car idles for more than 30 seconds, it has several adverse effects, such as increasing air pollution unnecessarily, wasting fuel and money, and causing excessive wear or even damaging a car’s engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs, and the exhaust system, Says the Environmental Protection Agency.

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