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The Do's and Don’ts of Warming Your Car in the Winter

As winter rears its icy head, remember this: Stop at ten and start again.

It’s not a therapeutic counting exercise to relieve road rage, but rather the golden rule for warming your car. It may seem like a no-brainer, but such a simple task does have consequences that we overlook when hitting the remote starter and waiting an extra ten minutes in the toasty indoors. So, let Keller-Heartt be your guide:

DO DON'T
Start driving after ten seconds. Believe it or not, your car heats up faster when you drive than when your car is sitting idle in the driveway. This is because the engine will heat up as it does work, thereby helping to warm the interior of your vehicle. After ten seconds of idling, you are not doing your engine or your gas tank any favors. After ten seconds, begin driving or turn off the engine and restart the car when you are ready to go. Let the car idle for long periods of time while it heats up. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, eliminating periods of frivolous idling for personal vehicles is the same as taking five million vehicles off the roads. By reducing emissions, not only are you doing a service to the environment, but also to your fuel savings jar.
Park your car in a warmer place. By parking in a garage, you are already raising the initial temperature of the car, making the time that it takes to heat up that much faster. Overuse the heater, seat warmers, or defroster. Overuse will consume more fuel and cost you more money in the long run.
Use a block heater. For particularly cold climates, a block heater can preheat your engine to ease cold starts, which in turn will help warm your car faster. Preheating the engine’s components, as well as the antifreeze, will protect your engine from extra wear and reduce emissions. Heat your car in the garage, even if the garage door is open. Deadly exhaust fumes can still seep into your car’s interior and into your house if your garage is attached. These exhaust fumes can also be hazardous outdoors, especially when sitting idle near schools or parks where children are closer to the ground and, therefore, closer to the exhaust. These fumes have been linked to asthma, allergies, lung disease, and cancer.

By being economical and implementing these good habits—or kicking out the bad ones—you’ll stay warm without hurting your engine…or your pockets. Save 5% on all Winter Care items by using the coupon code WINTERIZE.

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