Driver warning: Motorists risk massive engine damage from common car warming trick - 'Avoid it!'

Revving the engine is not recommended as a way to warm up the car and clear frost.
Revving the engine is not recommended as a way to warm up the car and clear frost.

Warming up the car can be a hazardous process for motorists during the winter months


SAs Brits continue to suffer freezing temperatures, many will look to different methods to warm up their cars before setting off in the morning.

New warnings have been issued about how certain methods could potentially damage vehicles in the long run.

Seb Goldin, CEO of RED Driving School, has spoken on the potential dangers of some of the most popular methods.

He said: “The cold temperatures can impact engine activity.

“Ensure that all engine fluids (anti-freeze and oil) are checked and in good conditions to avoid being impacted by cold weather.

“Avoid high engine revs until the engine has reached operating temperature as this can damage the engine”

Some drivers rev their engine in order to kick off the process of condensation and clear frost.

This method, however, can be bad for the engine and the environment, with modern manufacturers urging drivers to start the car and immediately begin driving.

Harmful pollutants could be released into the atmosphere by idling and revving the engine, which could result in long-term issues.

Goldin told the Express: “Batteries can be affected by hot summer weather, but the issue tends to be noticed more in the winter as the battery has to work harder to try and start a cold engine.

“If you are aware that your battery is weak already, look to replace it ahead of the cold spell.”