It's been a cold weekend! Like most people I was always told that the car should be warmed up before beginning to drive in the winter...

Turns out, warming up and idling your car is totally unnecessary according to a mechanic in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He says that with new cars and the modern fuel injection systems the need for carbuerators and chokes have gone away. The only reason to idle is to get the oil circulating in the engine, but that is done after thirty seconds.

Some cities have created ordinances against warming up or idling your cars.

So, after all not warming up or idling your car isn't causing any known damage. I still will warm up the car because I love to get into a warm car and want the windows to be fully defrosted. We have been lucky in western New York recently with mild temps, but winter may still be far from over.