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The North Remembers
RE: Why do lower class people leave their cars running all the time and use remote car starters?
I live up north, kind of cold recently in teens and low 20's. On my morning runs in my neighborhood (not rich neighborhood but not bad) I'll see about 5 cars running with no one in them in a span of a mile or so. Sometimes they'll still be running as I pass again 15 minutes later. I had heard that idling uses 0.15 gallons of gas per hour, so not a crazy amount, but it still seems very wasteful and lazy. From my experience it only takes about 6 minutes of my car being on to be kicking out warm air, it's not that inconvenient to just drive your car for a few minutes in the cold.

I think it's all laziness, but also to do with being dazzled by shiny objects. A remote start being the shiny object.

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