Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Jen asks: I like to let my car warm up on cold days before I drive it but have read that this is a bad thing to do. Is it?
My reply: Not if you don’t like being cold! Many new cars have a remote-start feature to avoid exactly that. You press a button on your remote key fob, the engine starts – and the car warms up without you having to go out, where it’s cold.
Obviously, you’ll “waste” some gas doing this – but we also “waste” energy to warm our houses – and to me, that isn’t wasting but rather using energy – and if you aren’t going to use it, whey even bother with it?
Warming up the car can have other advantages, too. For instance, if the car has a manual transmission, the running engine will also warm up the transmission, circulating lube and this will probably reduce wear and tear as well as make the car easier to drive when you’re ready to get going.
Of course, the government is trying to make it illegal to warm up your car. In DC, it is already illegal. The argument is that idling the engine causes the dread non-reactive gas carbon dioxide to be “emitted” – and that must not be allowed.
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