GACO Corner: Engine idling in Germany

Welcome to our informational series on driving in Germany. Last week we discussed merging lanes with the “the zipper system.” This week our driving topic is idling engines.

While it might seem practical in the winter to start your car’s engine and let it idle while the windows defrost and you get your stuff for work packed away and maybe get another cup of coffee, this is prohibited in Germany.

German law prohibits the unnecessary running of engines because it is noisy and pollutes the environment. As always, there’s a fine if this law is broken and fines can be up to €500.

In addition, it’s interesting to know that warming up your car’s engine while it’s standing is more likely to wear down the engine. It warms up quicker when driving and it also takes up less gas.

Next week, we’ll discuss driving in traffic circles.