I know how traumatic the morning must have been for this good little family and
I'm so sorry that there are people who don't respect others property -
that is the world we live in presently.I know it sounds harsh - the
results of warming a vacant unlocked car up were. Those who understand crime
have warned us all to not to leave an unlocked car idling to warm up. Also a
locked car idling is an invitation for someone to break a window and drive off.
I'll have to agree with dressing warmly, or waiting in the car
while you warm it up. I also hope the operation went well for the child. I am
grateful for the wonderful doctors who help so many little children - that is
another side of the world we live in.
ConcinnityMeadow, UT@ No One Of Consequence:"People
with babies and small children don't warm up their cars for the sake of the
car. They do it for the sake of their little ones and others who truly
don't like riding in cold vehicles. I can relate and don't blame these
people. Advanced car motor technology hasn't changed that need or allowed
car interiors to get warm without running them for a few minutes on a cold
morning."Once again I'm reading the ill-informed argument
of needing to pre-warm a vehicle for the sake of children's comfort. Do
you not know an operating vehicle can warm the vehicle interior far faster than
idling in the drive? Secondly what's the issue of properly dressing
children for weather conditions? If a child is not dressed for the weather,
what happens in the event of accident or mechanical failure whereby the engine
is not able to provide warmth to the vehicle interior? Additionally, consider the child's respiratory system when exposed to the
many pollutants emitted by an idling vehicle.
My Nissan Leaf can warm the interior of my car by an iPhone app. No keys or
unlocking required. In fact, I can warm the interior while it remains in the
garage because it is an electric car that doesn't need combustion and
doesn't emit CO2.A warm car is nice, but you need to be smart
@ No One Of Consequence:People with babies and small children
don't warm up their cars for the sake of the car. They do it for the sake
of their little ones and others who truly don't like riding in cold
vehicles. I can relate and don't blame these people. Advanced car motor
technology hasn't changed that need or allowed car interiors to get warm
without running them for a few minutes on a cold morning.But the
world being what it is, more caution is needed concerning leaving running cars
unlocked and unattended. Sadly, there are many criminals always perusing the
streets just looking for anything of value to steal. As such, and in this case,
the car should've been locked while warming up and a second set of keys
used to open it when ready to leave. That's just common sense in the world
we live in.
My thoughts and prayers go out to these crime victims, and hope their child
enjoys the benefits of our medical miracle workers.But, I am
outraged over the incessant demands that law abiding citizens refrain from legal
(albeit risky) actions like letting their car warm up in their own driveway.
Instead of condemning that, we should be condemning the criminals who steal
cars. Not just those warming up on cold days, but who steal cars anywhere. Or,
who steal anything else.Families facing the worries of surgery and
everyone else should not be expected to huddle in a bunker and avoid any
possible action that a crook may opportunistically seize to commit crimes.
This is not a parent was warming the car issue, it's all about selfish
people who do not respect others property. The thought about saving
the planet is more important to some than the problem of society breaking down
into chaos and violence. Thank you Panamadesnews for your
thoughtful concern for the family and finding good in the world. I add my best
wishes for the child and the parents.
A good energy saving addition to cars would be heaters that don't require
the engine to be warm.If you must warm the engine, lock the doors.
I never leave an untended car running, especially in West Valley. I remember
years ago when Sheriff N.D "Pete" Hayward left his police car running
unattended on a cold morning in his driveway and a guy stole it. Best laugh
that I had in my entire police career. Especially when Hayward showed up at the
jail wanting to crucify the guy after the Salt Lake cops caught him. Everyone
had a big laugh about it (except Pete).
Hopefully, whoever took the car will feel some guilt when they find out why the
car was running. But you never know what a thief might be thinking. How sad.
I'm very happy for the little boy, that his surgery went well. Good luck to
you folks - hope your car is found without any damage.
Please don't warm up cars unattended.Engine technology has advanced
beyond the need for warming up. It wastes energy and wears out your car.You might as well put a "steal me" sign on the car.