Stop-start index

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.
    

Cities and regions

Stop-Starts per car per year

Idling time* (% of travel time)

AUSTRALIA

   

BELGIUM

   

CZECH REPUBLIC

   

DENMARK

   

FINLAND

Brisbane
   
Antwerp
   
Brno
   
Copenhagen
   
Helsinki
Tampere
6960
   
7080
   
7320
   
7440
   
7920
6240
18.21
   
NA
   
NA
   
NA
   
NA
NA

NETHERLANDS

   

PORTUGAL

   

SLOVAKIA

Rotterdam
   
Porto
   
Bratislava
Kosice
6360
   
7200
   
6840
7440
NA
   
NA
   
NA
NA

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Abu Dhabi
6840
NA

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.
   

Cities and regions

Stop-Starts per car per year

Idling time* (% of travel time)

AUSTRALIA

Melbourne
Sydney
8880
13440
23.1
26.27

AUSTRIA

Vienna
Graz
15840
10320
NA
NA

BELGIUM

   

BRAZIL

Brussels
   
Rio de Janeiro
Porto Alegre
11520
   
16920
16920
NA
   
25.52
26.2

CANADA

Toronto
Vancouver
8760
12840
NA
NA

CZECH REPUBLIC

   

DENMARK

   

FRANCE

Prague
   
Aarhus
   
Lyon
Paris
10800
   
10920
   
11280
18000
NA
   
NA
   
NA
NA

GERMANY

Hamburg
Berlin
11160
16560
NA
NA

HUNGARY

Budapest
Debrecen
13920
12960
NA
NA

MALAYSIA

   

MEXICO

   

NEW ZEALAND

Kuala Lumpur
   
Monterrey
   
Auckland
Wellington
12000
   
13800
   
9480
9720
NA
   
22.22
   
NA
NA

NORWAY

Oslo
Bergen
11280
11040
NA
NA

POLAND

Krakow
Warsaw
11280
16680
NA
NA

PORTUGAL

   

SINGAPORE

   

SOUTH AFRICA

Lisbon
   
Singapore
   
Cape town
Johannesburg
10560
   
15000
   
9000
9960
NA
   
NA
   
NA
NA

SWEDEN

Stockholm
Gothenburg
14160
8040
NA
NA

SWITZERLAND

Geneva
Zurich
14760
15960
NA
NA

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

   

UNITED STATES

Dubai
   
Los Angeles
New York
10800
   
9360
16320
NA
   
19.41
28.62

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.
   

Cities and regions

Stop-Starts per car per year

Idling time* (% of travel time)

ARGENTINA

   

BRAZIL

Buenos Aires
   
Belo Horizonte
Curitiba
Salvador
Sao Paulo
23760
   
19200
19800
20400
22920
NA
   
27.18
28.63
22.91
31.35

CHINA

Beijing
Shanghai
21600
23040
27.44
33.09

GREECE

Thessaloniki
Athens
18240
19920
NA
NA

HONG KONG

   

INDONESIA

Hong Kong
   
Surabaya
Jakarta
20880
   
29880
33240
NA
   
23.12
27.22

ITALY

Milan
Rome
23640
28680
NA
NA

MALAYSIA

   

MEXICO

Johor Bahru
   
Guadalajara
Mexico City
21240
   
24840
30840
NA
   
33.24
32.55

NETHERLANDS

   

RUSSIA

Amsterdam
   
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
23040
   
28680
29040
NA
   
31.57
35.84

SPAIN

Barcelona
Madrid
Cordoba
20520
22560
18480
NA
NA
NA

TAIWAN

Taipei
Kaohsiunga
20640
20880
NA
NA

THAILAND

Phuket
Bangkok
20400
27480
31.96
36.07

TURKEY

Ankara
Istanbul
23640
28680
24.69
28.88

UNITED KINGDOM

London
Manchester
21480
23160
28.58
31.54
* Twenty eight percent of idling means that 28% of the travel time of an average driver is spent in idling mode.

IN 2014, NEW RESEARCH ON IDLING TIME REVEALED THAT CITY** DRIVERS AROUND THE WORLD ARE SPENDING ON AVERAGE UP TO A THIRD OF THEIR JOURNEY IDLING***.

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**City: The circular shape focused on inner city build-up areas, by avoiding the inclusion of outer city motorway systems, wherever possible.
***New research on idling time was conducted for 26 out of 78 cities in the 2014 Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index.

What has changed with today’s driving?

More people live in cities than ever before, and increasingly busy driving became a feature of life. On every single trip we make, we encounter situations on the road that make us stop, wait, and start again. Research shows that even a normal driver makes as many as 18000 stop-starts per year. Stop-start driving means more accelerations and decelerations, but also extended periods of idling, when loads on some critical engine parts are at their highest. That’s why stop-start driving can create microscopic wear of your critical engine parts.

What is Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index?

The 2014 Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index examined traffic conditions in 78 key cities and regions around the globe, including China, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. The index helps us to understand more about the city driving patterns and gives implications of stop start on your engine. 

How is Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index calculated?

The Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index uses data shared anonymously on an opt-in basis of TomTom navigation users around the world. With millions of TomTom GPS navigation devices already in use, and growing every day, the historical traffic information collected in this way gives valuable insight into the traffic situation on the road network throughout the day.

Using a specially devised algorithm, we are able to calculate the number of stops and starts encountered during a trip. By applying this calculation to thousands of users and journeys, we can accurately measure the stop-start average per kilometre within defined city limits. By simply multiplying this number by the average distance driven per year, we get the final Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index.

About TomTom

TomTom (TOM2) is the only partner that Castrol has been working with to develop the Castrol MAGNATEC STOP-START Index.

TomTom designs and develops innovative products that make it easy for people to keep moving towards their goals, and is best known for being a global leader in navigation and mapping products. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Amsterdam, TomTom has 4,000 employees worldwide and sell their products in over 37 countries.