(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat -
When it's hot outside, getting inside a vehicle that is cool seems heavenly, but leaving you car idle when going out for a quick errand may be an open invitation for car thieves, says ROP. Besides, engine idling is also harmful for the environment and can even pose a fire risk at fuel service stations.
Urging people to be careful, the ROP has said that drivers should turn off idling engines as a safety measure even if it is for a minute. 'Do not leave your engine running, even if you are stepping out to run an errand. Drivers should be careful as car thieves can take advantage of the situation,' said an ROP official.
Road safety expert and a member of the Oman Road Safety Association, Eng Ali al Barwani, told Muscat Daily that some drivers have the habit of keeping the engine on when the car is parked at service stations or outside coffee shops or grocery markets.
'You may think that grabbing a drink may only take a minute or two. But what people fail to understand is that this window is enough for lifters. It is always safe to switch the engine off, go get whatever you want and then continue the journey,' he said.
Many would argue in favour saying leaving the engine on keeps the vehicle cool, but Eng Barwani differs. 'What is more important safety or comfort? It is important to keep your car secure. Never leave your vehicle unattended if the engine is on.'
Besides the risk of losing your car there are many other reasons why idling cannot be justified. 'Many people leave their engines idling when they leave their children behind in the car. There are many cases to prove the consequences of such acts. Anything can happen to the parents while they are away and the kid is left exposed to all sorts of risks,' said Eng Barwani.