365 Ways #240–Don’t be idle when it comes to the environment

#240--Inspired by my friends at LocalPlanet.com:

Idling your engine for more than 30s costs more in gas (and environmental harm) than restarting the engine. And the component wear added each year due to restarting the car is only $10. Skip the Starbucks two mornings a year and you’ve paid for this minimal wear and tear. Additionally, the common myth that you need to warm up your car on cold days before driving it is exactly that–a myth. The best way to warm up a car is to drive it. Idling actually causes more engine wear due to the fuel being only partially combusted leading to build up of fuel residues on the cylinder walls. So keep this world running by turning your car off.

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