Lately I haven't been able to get the idea of wasting money by idling a car engine out of my head.
We got a car recently where the owners manual explicitly says "Don't idle the engine to warm it up. It doesn't need it. When you turn on your car, start driving immediately." I was very pleasantly surprised!
It goes against ALL the learning I have ever received about warming up car engines. So now I don't start the car unless I am fully, completely 100% ready to start driving immediately.
Being that men and women are different, an article I read a while back said that for some reason, women tend to sit in their cars and idle the engine more than men. So I've been gathering my own empirical data to see if it's true. It's inconclusive at this point.
Then I started thinking about the hundreds of millions of cars in the world that sit idling for one reason or another. Seems like if we could all learn not to idle car engines, then that would go a lot farther in the extreme short term to:
1. waste less money buying gas
2. not put extra wear and tear on your car engine
3. reduce your personal CO2 emissions into the world
4. contribute to saving the world by doing almost nothing
Seems like a good deal to me.
And then today I saw this article that further qualifies my rambling thoughts in a more professional journalistic way:
Yes. I am the one guy in the world who reads the owners manual for an automobile. It's shocking what you can learn about your car from it.
My name is Dae Yu.