Download: Consequences of Warming Up Your Car
CLEVELAND — Starting your car then returning to your home or business while it warms up may seem like a smart idea. The car gets nice and toasty and you can be more efficient with your time.
But what you’re doing may be illegal in Ohio other states as well.
According to the Ohio Revised Code, a vehicle may not be left unattended until the engine is stopped, the ignition is locked and the key is removed.
The law also states the parking brake must be set and the wheels should be turned to the curb if the vehicle is left on a grade.
Emergency or public safety vehicles are exempt from those mandates.
The law will remain in effect until 2017. A violation is considered a misdemeanor.