There are always rumors floating around the rumor mill about the best ways to drive in the winter and unfortunately, many of these rumors prove to be untrue, or in some cases actually harmful to your vehicle. Ready to put those rumors to rest? Let us tell you the best and worst ways to warm up your car this winter.

The first example we see time and time again at Mike Riehl’s Roseville Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM is that people think the best way to warm up your car in the cold is to leave the engine running idle while they get ready for work inside. Leaving your car running idle harms the engine, decreases your fuel efficiency, and also harms the environment by putting out more greenhouse gasses than necessary. Although it can be more comfortable for the driver to leave the car running before you leave, it’s important to think about the waste of gas and the harm done to your engine before you make this move.

Another common misconception is that it’s okay to let your gas tank reach as close to empty as possible before the next fill up. In reality, this can cause air and other debris to flow into the fuel pump, which will cause issues down the road. The best way to avoid this from happening is avoiding your gas tank to drop below a quarter of a tank.

We care about you and your car and making sure that it’s getting the longest possible life. If you have any questions about our tips here, or if you’d like to learn more tips about keeping your car running smoothly, please contact our car service center in Roseville, MI! We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!