Popular Mechanics says there’s no need to warm up your engine
Despite the fact that spring is technically here, it’s definitely not in the air. In Chicago today, temperatures are at a chillier-than-normal 25 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, Weather.com claims that it “feels like 14.”
So for most commuters this morning, a few minutes were probably devoted to warming up the engine before pulling out of the driveway. What many of those commuters may not know, however, is that warming up an engine in a newer car is not necessary.
“Shutting down an engine that hasn’t reached operating temp will have zero short-term effect,” said the editors at Popular Mechanics. “As far as warming up an engine before driving away, that old nugget no longer applies because modern engines have better lubrication, tighter clearances and, in general, are more resistant to sludge formation. Start the motor, buckle your seatbelt, adjust the mirrors and drive off at normal speeds.”
So save yourself a few minutes every morning and just get going. Hopefully, however, Old Man Winter will soon realize that his time is up and it won’t even be an issue.