As temperatures drop in Michigan and the snow begins to fall, many residents are eager to warm up their vehicles before hitting the road for their daily commute.

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The last thing anyone wants to do is hop into a freezing car and sit while it warms up. Most people will either use a remote starter to heat up their car or run out and start it manually. While both seem like great ideas on a cold Michigan morning, is it legal?

First off, why wouldn't it be legal to start your car and leave it running in your driveway? Well, if you remember there was a time when you could get a ticket for leaving your car running in your driveway if the keys were in the ignition. As a matter of fact, it wasn't that long ago.

Is it illegal to warm up your car in your driveway?

Roseville Man Ticketed for Heating Up His Car in His Driveway

Taylor Trupiano made headlines in 2017 after receiving a $128 ticket from Roseville police for heating up his car in his driveway.

While most people didn't agree, the police were within their right to issue the ticket to Trupiano. At the time, it was against the law to leave your car running with the keys in the ignition, even in your own driveway.

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Is It Still Illegal to Warm Up Your Car In Your Driveway in Michigan?

No, it's no longer illegal to warm up your car as long as the vehicle is in your driveway. However, it is still illegal to leave an unattended running vehicle on a public or private roadway or parking lot if the keys are in the ignition.

What if You Start Your Vehicle With a Remote Starter?

If you use a remote starter, you're good to go as long as the vehicle is locked, and the keys aren't in it. You can use a remote starter on private or public property.

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If you're driving in Michigan you might want to avoid these intersections. Michigan Auto Law a Michigan-based law firm created the list of Michigan's most dangerous intersections using Police information from 2021 to determine which intersections saw the most crashes.

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