One common thing drivers may do on a cold winter morning is leave their car’s engine running to warm up the vehicle before setting off.
If you leave your engine to run you could be fined for engine idling, but there could be some even worse outcomes.
It could actually secretly be damaging your vehicle and increase the wear to your engine.
Advice from Road & Track states that leaving your car to warm up before you set off is not necessarily the best practice.
The idea that cars need a period of time to warm up before you set off came about from the days of carburetors.
Carburetors do need time to warm up to work more efficiently, however, many modern cars aren’t fitted with carburetors, making this process redundant.
Driving for a number of minutes is the best way to warm up your vehicle.
If you do leave your car to run for a few minutes it can actually be damaging it and cause oil dilution.
This is the process off when raw gasoline seeps into the engine oil, which breaks down its lubrication properties which could turbocharge the wear of it.
Tips for turbocharging the defrosting process:
- Switch the engine on and circulate the air conditioning
- Don’t leave your car unattended
- Remove any loose snow
- Start de-icing glass surfaces including the windscreen, windows, wing mirrors and headlights
- Make sure all the glass is clear before you set off
- Don’t ever pour boiling water on the windscreen as it could cause the glass to crack
Published at Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:30:00 +0000