Are You Just Wasting Gas When Warming Up Your Car?

2016 Chevy Traverse

Warming up your Traverse or other vehicle may be a waste of time on trips longer than a few minutes.


It’s an age old question that many mechanics are unable to answer: should you warm up your car? Although people in colder climates have to worry about this issue more, people in places like California still have to consider the importance of warming up your car.

So does it matter? Well, the truth is that it does and it doesn’t. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, warming up your car was more important when most cars came with carburetors; however, most modern cars (built after 1990) have electronic fuel injection. With this innovative technical advancement, warming up your car might just be a waste of gas.

It is important if you have a carbureted car because it can increase efficiency by making the engine hotter; however, it’s not absolutely necessary. Nevertheless, there are some situations you should consider giving your car 30 seconds or so, like if you’re planning on driving for less than five minutes. If the engine doesn’t have enough time to get hot and evaporate water in the system, it can build up and cause serious problems.

In conclusion, only warm up your car if you’re not planning on driving very far. Otherwise, it may just be a waste of gas.

Digital Steering Assist is One of Many New Silverado HD Upgrades

Chevy is adding some cool features to the Silverado HD, including a new Digital Steering Assist feature. Giving drivers more control than ever, this advanced feature is designed to integrate seamlessly to give you an enjoyable, and safe, ride.

Chevy Silverado

New to the Chevy Silverado HD is Digital Steering Assist.

According to Chevy, the Digital Steering Assist feature improves road holding and stability, whether you’re loaded down or not. It also offers improved responsiveness and an improved steering-feel thanks to its ability to integrate an advanced computer system to the steering. It is available on Silverado HD double cab and crew cap models.

“Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks are engineered to make the toughest jobs easier, and new technologies for 2016 complement features such as integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control,” said Chevy in a release.

Other new features include phone integration and a fifth-wheel package, all of which lead the updates to this new model. Phone integration works with MyLink to give you increases connectivity, as well as optional wireless charging. The fifth-wheel feature is a great prep package for serious towers and haulers. Check out the Silverado HD, in stock today at DeLillo Chevrolet!