Common Idling Questions


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What is idling?
Why should we stop idling?
How can I be idle-free?
Is it ever OK to idle?

Common Idling Myths:

MYTH:

It takes more fuel to star the engine than to let it idle.

TRUTH:

Idling for longer than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting.


MYTH:

Idling is necessary to warm up the engine.

TRUTH:

On cold days, most vehicles are ready to go in a few seconds and warm up faster by being driven.


MYTH:

Idling is better for the engine than stopping and starting it.

TRUTH:

On the contrary; an idling engine can be damaged by fuel residue and water condensation.


MYTH:

Idling will help avoid parking tickets.

TRUTH:

An idling vehicle in a no-parking or no-stopping zone is as much in violation as one with the motor off.