Should I turn my car off when I’m stuck in traffic?

    Published: 06-16-2009
    Views: 18,868
    Fuel economy expert David Rizzo discusses if you should turn the car off when stuck in traffic.

    Host:Should I turn my car off when I am stuck in traffic?

    David Rizzo: There is a guideline to answer this question and it's 60 seconds. If you are going to be stopped for than a minute and you know you are going to be stopped, shut your car off. If it's like 45-50 seconds like a long light that just drives you nuts, hang in there because starting your car uses extra gas and it's wasted in fact. But if you in line of the fast food restaurant, the guy ahead of you have ordered 10 Burritos, shut it off, take your time or you get stuck behind a slow Freight, it's Freight Train shut your car off. Again keep in mind 60 seconds is the break-even point.