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Don't Warm Up Your Car in the Driveway, Unless You Want to Get a Ticket Like This Guy

Cory Stieg

From Good Housekeeping

If you live in one of the many states that got pummeled with wintery weather this weekend, this story is going to make you cringe. Nick Taylor, a Michigan resident, started his car and then went inside while it warmed up. When he returned five minutes later, there was a ticket from a police officer for idling his car, WILX10 reports.

He shared the ticket on Facebook in an angry post:

Despite the fact that it's freezing in Michigan and, "everyone warms up their car," as Taylor says, it's technically against the law to idle your car in certain states. The officer wrote that the "vehicle parked in drive with keys in ignition, motor running - no one around," according to WILX10.

Taylor says he was furious because the officer didn't bother to come to his door before giving him the ticket. "I had no clue that was a law, an ordinance," he said. The laws about idling cars vary from state to state, and some particularly cold states even make exceptions if the temperature drops below a certain number. In Michigan, you're allowed to use a remote starter, because the key isn't in the car. If your key is in the car and it's running, it's a state and local violation, because somebody could steal the car.

Taylor's Facebook post has gotten 5,000 shares and people are just as shocked as he is by the ticket. Might be time to think about getting a car that has remote start...

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