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quis_custodiet
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Does a car use less gas if you turn it off at lights, as a friend of mine insists, or does the process of firing it up use just as much gas as if you left it idling, as another friend suggests? Personally I drive a hybrid so the question is irrelevant to me but I would love to know.

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ULTRAGLORIA
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Originally posted by quis_custodiet:
Does a car use less gas if you turn it off at lights, as a friend of mine insists, or does the process of firing it up use just as much gas as if you left it idling, as another friend suggests? Personally I drive a hybrid so the question is irrelevant to me but I would love to know.

I don't know about gas mileage. But it sure as heck ought to wear out your starter faster.

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BeachLife
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It depends on how long you are waiting at a light.

It won't save you any money though as it will put a lot more wear and tear on the starter and the engine. It will also piss off the people behind you who have to wait while you start your car and put it in drive.

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WildaBeast
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I believe Click & Clack have answered this question before. If I remember correctly, they said that you will save gas if you have a fuel injected car (which is pretty much every car made in the past 15 or so years), but not if your car has a carburetor.

ETA: This wasn't the column I was thinking of, but it answers basically the same question.

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