How long should you let your car warm up before driving in those cold, winter months? It’s an age-old question, but we have a present-day answer for you here at Crest Cadillac.
In the past, you’ve probably been advised to let your car idle for a few (or more) minutes in order for the engine to warm after being succumbed to such cold temperatures. However, as you sat watching the needle lower on your gas-level indicator and calculated the amount of time you were wasting, you may have wondered how effective this “warming” process really was.
The truth is modern engines don’t require long periods of time to pass before they are warm enough to be driven. Really, all you need is about 30 seconds if the temperature hasn’t dropped below zero.
This sounds like a more reasonable amount of time, right?
If you feel your car still needs some warm, T.L.C., it is best to begin driving gently. This allows your car to warm up by performing the function you will soon ask it to do at full speed. This method is actually better for your car than the unnecessary stress idling can cause to the engine.
In addition, you will save money on gas, waste less time you probably didn’t have to begin with and earn cool points for saving the environment. It’s a win-win-win situation so keep this in mind the next time you’re sitting in the cold warming your car up before you take off!