Is It Dangerous to Warm Up the Car in Cold Weather?

December 9th, 2016 by

Warm Up the CarWhen the weather gets cold, many drivers like to “warm up the car” by turning it on before they are ready to drive, allowing the vehicle to get toasty inside. Some even believe this is necessary to preserving the vehicle’s initially “frozen” engine.

Unfortunately, this is a total myth. Not only is this practice wasteful, but also, it can actually be damaging to your vehicle’s engine.

The “warming up” practice stems from ideas that were once relevant because decades ago, vehicles did need some prepping before they were ready to roll in the winter. However, unless your vehicle has lived a few decades, that’s no longer the case.

Instead, all this useless idling does now is contribute to pollution and decreases the life of internal combustion engines by slowly removing oil from the engine’s cylinders and pistons with excess gasoline.

Plus, idling your car before you get into it doesn’t even warm up the interior very quickly. If you are concerned about cold hands and discomfort, the fastest way to warm up your car is to drive it, not to idle it.

For more winter weather driving tips, or to check out a winter-ready vehicle just in time for the snowy season, contact us or visit us any time at Carriage Nissan.

Posted in Driving Tips