Cold Weather Idling No Longer Required for Today's Modern Vehicle


Do you take a moment to warm up your Ford during the winter months? Most people run their cars for a while, keeping it idle to prepare their vehicle for the road by allowing the fluids to circulate and warm the engine before heading to their destination. Over the years, this has become a tried-and-true habit for many motorists, but idling before driving is an outdated practice. This was necessary when vehicles were made with carburetors fuel delivery system; however with today’s technology and advancements, modern cars no longer require idling before driving. In fact, this is known to harm your engine.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has listed facts that state that “When a car idles for more than 30 seconds, it has several negative 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. Contrary to popular belief, idling isn't an effective way to warm up most car engines. Today's automobile manufacturers recommend driving off right away and urge that drivers wait no more than 30 seconds to begin driving, even on the coldest days.” So aside from cutting on your heat, putting your seatbelt on and or defrosting, you are actually good to just go.

Driving off right away is the fastest way to warm your vehicle now because modern vehicles will end up with extra fuel in their combustion chambers and can affect its cylinder walls. The chain of events that take place will eventually shorten the lifespan of very important car parts. We know old habits die hard but, the goal is to maintain great fuel economy while keeping your engine intact! When it’s freezing out, just remember, you can avoid idling and head to your destination as soon as possible. No need to floor it though. Drive safely!

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