GACO Corner: Defrosting windshields

Winter and snow can be a wonderful time in Germany. While many may enjoy winter wonderland, it can be tedious when having to clear your windshields on cold, icy mornings.

Do you start your vehicle when it is cold in the morning to warm the engine up and let it idle for a while?

While this is a practical way to defrost windows and have another coffee inside, it is against the Rheinland-Pfalz State Emission Law and the Road Traffic Regulation.  

Idling your vehicle is not only noisy, it also wastes gas and pollutes the air. Fines can be up to €500, so please be aware!