As a child, I recall my mom entering her car after a cold night. The view outside was barely visible from the window, shrouded in frost and leaving my childhood imagination to interpret the blurred images.
My mom would then proceed to turn on the engine and wait. The familiar idling meant to help warm up the freezing cold engine and allow for the vehicle to arrive to its final destination. Well final for me at least. Following several minutes, the vehicle, properly heated, will move out of it’s parking space and continue its movement toward the local elementary school. This was the routine of every morning and it is well embedded in my memories.
Modern cars are void of this ritual and drivers can begin their route immediately after the engine begins running. Today’s engines take no more than 30 seconds to begin warming and heat up more effectively while driving than standing. This also means that idling should be a thing of the past. The only reason a vehicle should stand with the engine running is in case of a red light, or the unfortunate instance of a traffic jam.
Other than these 2 instances, vehicles should either be moving with the engine running or completely turned off.
Experts recommend turning off the engine for parking more than 30 seconds.
“The total cost of fuel consumed due to idling came out to $20,718.66”
As an example, we testing a fleet consisting of 50 vehicles for a period of 30 days and discovered the following: