Are you guilty of idling your car on a regular basis?
Car idling is when you sit with your car running for ten minutes or more, but you don’t actually MOVE your vehicle. There’s been a lot of argument about this issue – whether or not car idling is actually harmful to your vehicle – and we’re here to nip the issue in the bud! We sat down with our Orlando Toyota service techs to discuss the ins and outs of car idling and the impact it has on your ride, good or bad. Check out what we discovered!
Is car idling really that bad?
Bottom line? Yes, car idling is bad for your vehicle. Despite what you may hear, we got the facts from our Toyota Service Center in Orlando so you don’t have to just take what we say at face value. Here are some of the reasons we’d avoid this practice if we were you!
It burns gas. Your car is still running, so you’re using gas to power it when you idle. Sitting like this for two minutes can use up the same amount of gas that it takes to drive one mile. Why make your fuel efficiency suffer? Turn it off! Believe it or not, turning your car off and restarting it uses LESS gas than if you were to idle it.
It can cost you more money in the long run. If your car is running, everything under the hood is running as well. This means you’ll need more frequent auto service, including oil changes, for your car than you would if you didn’t idle.
It can wear out your engine’s parts faster. Specifically, the spark plugs, exhaust system, and cylinders – the car is still running when you idle, which means the parts are in use and will wear out factor if you make car idling a routine practice. Follow Toyota of Orlando’s advice and turn that key!
It’s not green – at all. If your car is running, it’s putting out harmful emissions that contribute to smog formation. If you’re worried about staying clean and green, turn your car off!
What can you do instead of idling?
What are some alternative solutions to car idling? Here are some tips from our auto service center in Orlando:
- If it’s nice out, just roll the windows down and take advantage of the fresh air. (We know, we know – not possible in summer.)
- Wait inside your final destination instead of in your car! Grab a chair at the bar at a restaurant, or cool off in the movie theatre lobby instead of idling your vehicle.
- Skip the drive-thru – instead, park and go inside the restaurant to get your fast food.
- If you’re stuck in heavy traffic (we’re looking at you, I-4), turn your car off and restart it when it’s time to move again. Like we said, this actually uses less fuel!
Want more tips? Want to chat with our Orlando auto service specialists about your car’s performance? Call us today at (866) 945-0493!