Warming your car up for several minutes before you drive wastes fuel and is not necessary.
One of the least favorite things about snowy mornings is leaving a warm house to get into a cold car and sit there for several minutes while it warms up. If you agree with that statement, you’ll be happy to know that’s not necessary.
Driversed.com says, “The trick to properly warming up your vehicle is to warm up your engine only as long as it takes to make your car comfortable and safe to drive. Here’s what you should do:
“Step 1. Make sure your vehicle is in a safe spot. It should be out in the open air, not in a garage.
“Step 2. Turn on the vehicle and defroster. The defroster will help clear the window while the engine warms up. Is window fogging a problem? If so, incorporate the additional steps in the section below.
“Step 3. Let the engine run for 30 seconds. That’s all it takes in most vehicles that are 30 years old or newer. If it’s extremely cold and your vehicle is covered in snow or ice give it a minute or two longer to warm up.
“Step 4. Start slowly and take it easy for the first five to 15 minutes.
“A long period of idling your car can be bad for your engine. What will help is remembering to start slowly and take it easy on the gas pedal for about five to 15 minutes when driving in cold weather. Otherwise, you could stress out your engine before it’s had time to reach its normal performance levels.”
If your car is having trouble handling the cold weather, it’s time to take it to see the trusted Wichita auto care specialists at Tracy’s Automotive.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard – Maple Street auto care and auto repair, E First Street N and W 21st Street N.. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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