Stopping and Starting

hyundai
sonata

#1

I deliver home delivered meals. I have about 20 stops,. Most are for a few minutes. Is it better to turn off the motor or leave it running?


#2

You’ll burn less fuel if you turn the engine off. Idling cars get ZERO mpg.


#3

“If” the stop is for several minutes then turn off the engine. If it’s just for a couple of minutes then leave it running.


#4

It is always best to shut it off and take the keys. A car can be stolen this way, and some insurance companies may deny a claim if the keys were left in it. Legally this is ‘taking’ not ‘stealing’ in some states. A difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. Also, your burning gasoline for no good reason and if a problem occurs with the engine running unattended, it could quickly become catastrophic and cause damage that might have been preventable.


#5

In some places, it is actually against the law to leave a car running when you leave it.


#6

Absolutely shut it off and take the keys. You risk having it stolen if you don’t. Do NOT underestimate what criminals will do.