Istanbul, Mexico City And Moscow Top The Stop-Start Index

1st October, 2013:  The latest research from Castrol and TomTom has revealed drivers in Istanbul could experience 31,200 stop-starts a year, compared to the lowest ranked city, Rotterdam, where drivers might only experience 6,211 stop-starts, more than 24,000 fewer.

The study was carried out for Castrol by TomTom, using information from its satellite navigation systems on vehicles in 50 cities worldwide. The goal was to highlight the pressures that changing driving conditions place on vehicles across the globe.  

Other cities in the study include Beijing with 28,200, London with 21,000 stop-starts, New York with 15,480, and Sydney with 13,200.  Stop-start driving can increase microscopic wear in car engines and Castrol’s studies have shown that even a normal driver can experience as many as 18,000 stop-starts every year.

According to Castrol engineers, frequent stop-starts can cause increased wear to a car engine.  The number of stop-starts reflect the driving conditions and situations drivers are facing in each market.  These results show the size of the stop-start problem and indicate that precautions are necessary, one of the reasons why Castrol commissioned this study.

Castrol have identified three levels of stop-start driving, Green, Amber and Red (detailed below).  Amber and Red warn drivers of heavy stop-start conditions which are likely to bring about serious stop-start wear to the engines. They will trigger drivers to take appropriate actions to fight against stop-start wear and protect their engines every time they start.
  • GREEN: Moderate level of stop-start driving, as drivers are experiencing less than 8,000 stop-starts per year. Recommend drivers to take necessary precautions against stop-start engine wear.
  • AMBER: Heavy level of stop-start driving, as drivers are experiencing 8,000 stop-starts or more per year. Drivers should take actions to protect against stop-start engine wear.
  • RED: Severe level of stop-start driving, as drivers are experiencing 18,000 stop-starts or more per year. Drivers should take actions to protect against stop-start engine wear.
The project highlights stop-start driving, including traffic, urbanisation, and short journeys experienced in each area.  Data from vehicles and trips within a region and time span was aggregated by TomTom, total driven kilometres and total number of stops calculated, and an average number of stops per driven km per region derived.

 

Gareth Bracchi, Senior Development Technologist at Castrol, said:

“This project confirmed that drivers were making lots of stop-starts in their vehicles. In fact the numbers of stop-starts per year far exceeded our initial expectations – almost double in some cases! This highlighted that there are many more drivers out there that need the stop-start wear protection of Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START.”

 

Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Head of Traffic at TomTom, said:

“The results from the Index are fascinating and working with Castrol to produce the Index has been very revealing.  Istanbul’s highest stop rate among the big cities corresponds to its very high congestion level, followed by Moscow and Mexico City, certainly founded by heavy daily congestion as well. Traveling in Rotterdam however goes along with the lowest stop rate as the city has moderate congestion.”

Please check out the Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index report here to see where your local city stands globally.  For more information on the methodology of the study and implications of stop-starts on your engine, please visit http://magnatec.castrol.com/campaigns/stop-start-index.html

Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index

City
City
Total number of stops
Total number of stops
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
City
Istanbul
Total number of stops
21,596,566
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
31,200
City
Mexico City
Total number of stops
7,999,273
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
30,480
City
Moscow
Total number of stops
1,385,513
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
29,520
City
Beijing
Total number of stops
64,941
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
28,200
City
Saint Petersburg
Total number of stops
429,908
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
28,080
City
Rome
Total number of stops
30,513,339
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
28,080
City
Jakarta
Total number of stops
522,073
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
28,080
City
Bangkok
Total number of stops
309,197
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
26,040
City
Shanghai
Total number of stops
252,607
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
24,960
City
Surabaya
Total number of stops
31,196
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
24,360
City
Guadalajara
Total number of stops
2,712,922
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
24,360
City
Milan
Total number of stops
25,534,082
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
23,040
City
Buenos Aires
Total number of stops
9,983,192
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
22,920
City
Manchester
Total number of stops
10,521,105
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
22,680
City
Madrid
Total number of stops
42,485,068
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
22,320
City
Amsterdam
Total number of stops
14,633,252
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
22,320
City
Sao Paulo
Total number of stops
102,189,603
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
22,200
City
London
Total number of stops
225,644,745
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
21,000
City
Barcelona
Total number of stops
41,199,071
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
20,400
City
Kaohsiunga
Total number of stops
2,150,839
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
20,280
City
Taipei
Total number of stops
8,113,321
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
20,040
City
Johor Bahru
Total number of stops
467,398
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
19,800
City
Hong Kong
Total number of stops
862,288
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
19,680
City
Cordoba
Total number of stops
473,588
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
18,120
City
Ankara
Total number of stops
5,963,224
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
17,880
City
Paris
Total number of stops
296,090,725
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
17,520
City
Phuket
Total number of stops
18,391
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
17,400
City
Warsaw
Total number of stops
7,075,404
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
16,200
City
Rio de Janeiro
Total number of stops
19,517,721
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
16,200
City
Berlin
Total number of stops
48,478,293
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
16,200
City
New York
Total number of stops
62,028,327
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
15,480
City
Krakow
Total number of stops
2,298,441
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
13,800
City
Stockholm
Total number of stops
5,110,227
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
13,680
City
Singapore
Total number of stops
9,610,879
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
13,680
City
Sydney
Total number of stops
45,550,971
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
13,200
City
Vancouver
Total number of stops
7,216,008
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
12,600
City
Lyon
Total number of stops
26,042,523
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
10,920
City
Hamburg
Total number of stops
28,564,290
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
10,800
City
Dubai
Total number of stops
282,844
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
10,200
City
Kuala Lumpur
Total number of stops
1,798,523
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
9,960
City
Johannesburg
Total number of stops
40,088,722
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
9,840
City
Wellington
Total number of stops
956,014
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
9,480
City
Auckland
Total number of stops
6,466,118
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
9,360
City
Los Angeles
Total number of stops
17,898,857
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
9,000
City
Melbourne
Total number of stops
35,979,611
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
8,760
City
Cape Town
Total number of stops
9,699,280
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
8,760
City
Toronto
Total number of stops
20,024,752
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
8,520
City
Goteborg
Total number of stops
1,849,933
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
7,800
City
Abu Dhabi
Total number of stops
169,795
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
6,840
City
Rotterdam
Total number of stops
16,180,627
Average number of stops per vehicle per year
6,120