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

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