Is It Illegal to Warm Up Your Car in Alabama?
When it starts getting dark at 5 pm and you think it's 11 pm, this means the Winter months are upon us.
The cold season is not my favorite time because of the temperatures. I know many people do not like to get into a cold car. Me, I’m one of those people. I’m quick to start my car and run back into the house while it warms up. While on the phone with one of my friends, he said “you know you might be breaking the law.” Not me, I’m a rule follower, for the most part.
So, I had to dig a little deeper. I’m not trying to go to jail just to be toasty.
What I found out is that the law varies from state to state. Also, warming up the car is called idling and can be illegal with some hefty fines. Say it isn’t so.
Why is this even a concern?
According to the Readers Digest, “anti-idling laws exist with a much bigger purpose in mind: to prevent air pollution. Penalties and exact anti-idling measures depend on the state and even city or county you reside in, with punishments ranging from fines to written warnings.”
Readers Digest listed out the states with anti-idling laws:
District of Columbia
Whew, that means Alabama is not on the list! The Yellowhammer State is also joined by some other states with no laws against warming up your car:
Outside of the pollution factor, it could affect the mechanical side of your car. My Dad was a mechanic, so I grew up with a household of Popular Mechanics magazines. They noted that warming up your car “does not prolong the life of your engine; in fact, it decreases it by stripping oil away from the engine’s cylinders and pistons.”
So, my advice, idle with caution. Stay warm my friends.
LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving
See the Must-Drive Roads in Every State
LET'S GO: The most popular historic sites in America
LOOK: Here are the 10 US golf destinations with the most courses per capita
LOOK: 20 tips to help your houseplants survive the winter