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
   
7,080
   
7320
   
7440
   
792
6240
18.21
   
NA
   
NA
   
NA
   
NA
NA
   

Netherlands

   

Portugal

   

Slovakia

   
Rotterdam
   
Porto
   
Bratislava
Kosice
   
6360
   
7200
   
684
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

   
Graz
Vienna
   
10,320
15,840
   
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
   
10,920
   
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
   
14160
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 Paolo
   
23,760
   
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
   
32.24
32.55
   

Netherlands

   

Mexico

   
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
Instanbul
   
18240
32520
   
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.