WINDSOR – Vermont has already seen a little snow, some frosts, and some chilly weather as November settles in, and one Windsor man is reading the signs and preparing for winter proper by starting his car to warm it up. Edward Starke has been getting some sideways glances from friends and neighbors who happen to see his idling car in the driveway, but he says he isn’t worried about public perception.
“I’ve gotten into too many iced up cars in my life,” Starke said, “and I’ve got a pretty good system going. What I do is I just get the car running a little bit ahead of time, and it warms up everything so I can get in a little easier. I don’t have a lot of time in the mornings, and I’m not gonna spend half an hour scraping my car off. Winter will be here before you know it, and I’m going to be ready.”
State officials have warned Starke about the laws against vehicle idling, however Starke has so far avoided fines by citing the exception in the law for idling to ensure adequate windshield defrosting. Lawyers for the state are currently reviewing the definition of “adequate,” and may assess fines at a later date if it is found that Starkeis violating the law.
“I know my rights,” Starke said. “I need my car running to keep the ice off. I’m also looking into a system that would run the car for five minutes every hour automatically from now until the state freezes over, which would put me within the non-exception part of the law, but I don’t know a lot about electronics and I’m building it myself. I’ll let you know how it turns out.”