Warm-Up or Not To Warm Up Your Car
Some of us remember when the carburetor was the dominant gas delivery on our vehicles. When first starting our car, we would “pump the gas feed twice, and hopefully, the engine would start,” Then, we would let the cold engine idle. The purpose was to have the idle slow down enough, so we can drive away safely. With new fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems, and thinner synthetic oils, drivers don’t need to warm up their cars before hitting the road.
Today’s modern cars are ready to go in cold temperatures without excessive idling, says the Car Care Council.
“Unless you are trying to defrost the windshield or warm the interior of your car, idling “is not required” for today’s vehicles,” said Rich White, executive director of Car Care Council. “In most cases, idling longer than 30 seconds is unnecessary. The best way to warm up your car’s engine is to drive gently at the start. Remember, too, a vehicle gets zero miles per gallon when idling, and the result is lower fuel economy and wasted money.