Leaving engine on and car locked

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jamie307
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Post by jamie307 » Fri Jul 15, 2022 11:37 am

Is there anything to be aware of when leaving the engine on and car locked? This wouldn't be the pre-cooling via the app, which only lasts 10 minutes max, but just not turning the engine off, getting out and locking it.

Will the alarm be more likely to go off? Will it beep lots of warnings at me? Or will it just sit there chugging away nicely?

Need to take the cat to the vet on Monday in 40C+ heat, and have the car cool for when we come out.
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Post by KeithR56 » Fri Jul 15, 2022 12:05 pm

I believe that it’s illegal to leave a vehicle unattended with engine running on UK public roads.
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Post by Chris John » Fri Jul 15, 2022 12:48 pm

It’s illegal if the car is left in a place that has public access (which a vets car park does)
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Post by jamie307 » Fri Jul 15, 2022 1:44 pm

I'd be happy to rely on the exemption that it's "not to be likely to endanger any person or property and is engaged in an operation which requires its engine to be used to maintain the electrical power of the batteries of the vehicle at a level required for driving machinery or apparatus forming part of, or mounted on, the vehicle and used for purposes other than driving the vehicle"

Any considerations other than legal ones?
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Post by Greggspies » Fri Jul 15, 2022 3:30 pm

Why not just open all the windows and put Aircon on when you get back to the car? In my experience it only takes two or three minutes to cool off. But my Aircon is electric (phev) so yours might be different.
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Post by Chris John » Fri Jul 15, 2022 5:04 pm

How long are you going to be in vets for? Madness to leave car running un attended for what could be more than 10 minutes. So if you’re in there for 45 minutes are you going to leave car running and air con running at max? Ridiculous
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Post by Cornishman » Fri Jul 15, 2022 6:18 pm

I used the pre-cooling for 5 minutes this week, and it was excellent!
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Post by KeithR56 » Sat Jul 16, 2022 7:52 am

What’s wrong with getting into a hot car anyway? Millions of people do it every day. Most survive.

If you really have to have a cool interior when getting into your car, you would be better using the pre-cooling app from your phone. However, this is still illegal to use in public places and bad for the environment.
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Post by KeithR56 » Sat Jul 16, 2022 9:41 am

just not turning the engine off, getting out and locking it
Further to my previous comments; I might be wrong, but I don't think it's even possible to lock the car from the outside when the engine is running.
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Post by Oldie » Sat Jul 16, 2022 10:48 am

Read this and thought nah- they are only kidding - surely they are - are they - but just in case in a galaxy far far away someone may be contemplating leaving an engine running whilst away from a car - that would be a really silly thing to do, just think of the crowds on return - all awaiting the return of the owner - just to see what planet they are on, sorry I mean from - my advice, park in shade if you can and use the aircon on return ;)

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