Why warming up your car in the cold is sometimes illegal


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – On cold mornings like Monday, many people head outside to start their car to warm it up and melt some of the snow and ice.

But did you know, the moment you leave the car running and head back inside to wait out the cold, you are breaking the law?

According to a 2004 Ohio Law, no person is permitted to leave a vehicle unattended without stopping the engine and removing the key.

If you are caught doing so, you could face a minor misdemeanor.

27 First News spoke with Boardman Police Officer Albert Kakascik, who said that if something were to happen to your car that would cause harm to someone while you were not paying attention, you would ultimately be responsible.

“We’ve had vehicles slip out of gear and slide backward into the neighbor’s yard or a car in the street,” Kakascik said. “If there happens to be a fire because the engine is running and you’re not observing it that could be a problem.”

But if you’re looking for a way to de-ice your car without paying for specialized materials, here’s a handy trick. Make a solution of two parts rubbing alcohol and one part water…keep it in your car in a spray bottle (it won’t freeze, because of the rubbing alcohol), and spray it on your windshield to clear it off before you drive.

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