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Is it Necessary to Warm-Up Your Car Daily?

Across Nigeria, many motorists believe they need to warm up their vehicles. While still getting dress to go to work, a car owner would start his or her car, living it running to warm it up for some minutes before driving out.

Others, even when not going out, maybe a retired person or working from home, would every morning start their vehicle, running the engine for some minutes to warm up the engine.

Similarly, at the height of winter in cold countries, many drivers also feel warming up vehicles is necessary on cold mornings.

However, new technology says the need to do a car warm-up is not necessary in newer cars. Of course,  older models may still require it.  

But, even if you need to do a daily warming up of your older vehicle, there is a need to be very careful!

According to the CEO of SA-based MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, while the debate over whether to warm up a car or not, is valid and worth discussion, the focus today is on the risks that motorists face when warming up cars.

He said, “In 2019 in the UK over 84 000 cars were stolen and 11% of these were due to the driver leaving the keys in the car. In the UK, in particular, the reason this is done is to warm up vehicles in winter.

“While it is highly unlikely the same can be said of South African statistics because of our higher crime levels and the greater awareness of motorists means not many drivers will leave keys in an unattended vehicle, it is still important to pay some attention to these stats. If you do warm up your vehicle in the morning, there are safer ways to do it than leaving your car running in your driveway or outside your flat or at the petrol station down the road because there are people around.”

It is important not to be lulled into complacency by the potential safety of your yard or of having people around.

Most of us would be surprised by the efficiency and speed that criminals can operate with to get what they want. While there are no stats in South Africa about how often this happens, it is likely at least a few motorists have fallen prey to this exact situation. Furthermore, most insurance providers will not cover theft of a vehicle where the keys have been left in the ignition and the driver is not present.

Additionally, if you do feel it is important to warm up your vehicle, leaving it to idle for a few minutes is not the best way to do this. Starting your car and driving slowly for the first kilometres is a much more efficient way to warm up the vehicle. It uses less fuel and, as mentioned, carries a much lower safety risk than leaving your car to idle unattended.

The commonality of this crime is probably much lower in South Africa than in the UK because of crime wary South Africans.

“Yet, if you do warm up your vehicle choose to do this in a way that is safer and carries less risk, particularly when it comes to your finances. Thus, the answer as to whether warm up a vehicle, for now, is to do it in a way that is less risky,” Herbert advised.

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