Michigan Driver Loses Appeal Against Ticket For Idling Car In Driveway

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Idling your car in an attempt to warm it up is not good for the environment, your engine, and for the vehicle itself. In many states and countries, it is illegal to be stationary in a parking lot or a driveway with the engine of your car running.
It does not matter if you are in the middle of winter and it is freezing outside, a fine with your name on it will happen if police officers catch you idling a vehicle in countries where it is illegal.

The Roseville resident thought that challenging the penalty in court will help him evade it, especially since it is a common habit in the area. He got over 6,000 shares of the photo of the penalty he received, and the 5,000 comments that were posted gave him the courage to continue.

Unfortunately for him, the punishment was administered while he was not in his car. Instead, he admitted to starting the engine and leaving the vehicle with the motor running in his driveway.

James Berlin, the Police Chief of Roseville, explained that the fine was given for leaving an unattended vehicle running in a place where it could have been stolen easily.

As you can imagine, having the keys in the ignition and nobody to watch the automobile, any person passing through the area could have taken the vehicle. Judge Marco Santia ruled against the requests of the plaintiff, and stated that the law is in the public interest, NY Times reports.

Several engineers have explained that modern vehicles do not need to be “warmed up” before driving away from a cold start, but this has not stopped people from doing it.

All that you need to do to protect your engine, on top of using the correct oil for it and changing it according to the recommendations of the manufacturer, is to accelerate at a moderate pace when the engine is cold. Once the normal operating temperature is reached, you can accelerate freely.
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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