This Is Why You Should Never Warm Your Car Up Before Driving – What To Do Instead

A lot of people idle their cars in the winter before driving in an effort to “warm up the engine,” but experts warn that this habit may actually be doing more harm than good.

No one likes to hop into a freezing cold car with even colder seats in the middle of a brutal winter. The racket your gas engine makes when driving makes it sound like there’s a cat fight going on under the hood. So most people who drive in colder weather are taught to warm up their vehicle. It turns out that this is wrong.



Mechanical engineer Stephen Ciatti, who also knows a thing or two about engines from his time spent as a former drag racer, has worked on combustion enginers for almost three decades. He focuses on engines that generate power from burning fuel, like gasoline.

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