Idle thoughts?

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  1. RonNasty64 says:

    I’d like to know why people do that. I take the GO train to work, and there are lots of people who sit in their cars, engines running, waiting for the train. I just don’t get it.

  2. Ganesh says:

    Thanks for the info about warming up the car by driving it. I didn’t know that simply idling the engine doesn’t actually warm it up as well as driving it (slowly, at first, right?) does. Thanks again!

    • safedriver says:

      Glad I could help. Actually, 10 seconds of idling is enough to get the oil moving around the engine before driving away. In very cold weather, you’ll need to let it warm up for a few more seconds. And yes, starting off slowly will help. The true waste is letting your vehicle sit there, especially when the weather is still mild and the engine is at normal operating temperature.

  3. Now that winter is approaching, this is a GRRRRRRRRRRR8 reminder not to warm up Ur vehicle when U R not in it! Also: B sure 2 back OUT of the garage B/4 idling so fumes don’t seep in2 Ur home & so U R not overcum w/ toxins…

  4. Amber says:

    I idle sometimes… but it depends on the situation. Like, when I go to pick up my sister at the Y, I hang out by the doors if there’s nowhere to park, because she’s usually waiting right there, and then I leave it running in case I need to quickly move, or something. However, that’s a habit that I really should curb… In my standard, if I forget to neutral it and put up the brake, it just stalls as soon as I step out of the vehicle. HOWEVER, I was driving an automatic once, stepped out of the vehicle to check something out in front of the car (would have been back inside in ten seconds, tops)… and it started rolling away from me, because I’d left it in Drive. Believe me, chasing after a quickly-accelerating van on a slight incline is NOT fun. You only do that once!!! Lol, and it’s a great excuse to turn it off, too, because unless it’s in neutral it can’t roll away from you if it’s off. 🙂

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