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Warming Up Your Vehicle In Grand Junction Is Illegal

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It is illegal and it could cost you. Puffing is what it is known as. And now since the cold weather has settled in, let’s clear this up.

Simply stated, it is against the law in Colorado to warm up your vehicle and leave it running unattended. Let this be a warning.

Listen, I know how tempting it can be to just dash outside, turn the car over and rush back in in order for your vehicle to warm up. But, you are actually doing more harm than good. Plus, it could get you a big time ticket ($100). And wouldn’t you rather spend that money on a Christmas present to yourself? Or worse yet, when you do this, the chances of your car being stolen rise dramatically.

The truth is there is no need to let your vehicle idle for 10-20 minutes. In fact, it is the slowest way to warm up your car. In addition, it actually harms the engine and wastes a ton of gas. This is from motherearthnews.com:

“The best bet? Even when it’s 10 degrees F outside, start your car, let it run for 30 to 60 seconds to get all the fluids moving, then drive off gently. Your engine will warm up faster, your exhaust system will get up to temperature faster so the catalytic converter can do its thing, and you’ll use less fuel…”

There is an exception for vehicles with remote starts. That is allowed. However, it is still not recommended that you let your vehicle idle for extended periods of time in any type of weather, especially below freezing temps.

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