Warming your car in cold weather means a more comfortable drive for you, but is it good for your engine? There are a lot of mixed opinions out there on the subject so our advice is consult your owner’s manual. Depending on the age of your car, you may not need to warm your engine.
Other than unecessary use of fuel and wear and tear on your engine, there are other reasons to reconsider warming your vehicle in winter. CBS in Atlanta has this to say about the risks of idling your engine in cold weather:
Temperatures have dipped near the freezing mark in areas of metro Atlanta and that has many people tempted to warm their vehicle up while waiting inside, but police are hoping you’ll reconsider.
Police say this is the peak time for crooks, who are preying on people who warm up their vehicles in order to combat the bitter cold.
Insurance companies also warn that leaving your vehicle unattended while warming it up is the number one way of having it stolen.
Drivers who talked with CBS46 News say although it is tempting to do, it’s best to tough out the cold conditions.
“Why give someone an open invitation to steal your car,” says one person who talked with CBS46. “I would love to crank the heat in my vehicle and go inside and shop, but it’s not something you can do anymore.”
Whether or not your warm your vehicle in cold weather, be sure to clear all windows of any frost or ice before driving and make sure you are carrying the proper winter safety kit. If the cabin in your vehicle isn’t getting warm, here are a few things you can check.