This is “Idle Free Awareness Month” and a good time to consider making simple changes to help improve air quality such as turning off your car while waiting to pick someone up, and parking and going inside instead of using the drive-thru.
The vehicles around us–cars, trucks, buses–are a major source of air pollution, which is an irritant to many of us, and a serious threat to those with health conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or allergies. Air pollution is often concentrated in areas where vehicles idle, such as school pickup-drop off zones and drive-thrus. One thing we can all do to improve our air quality is cut back on vehicle idling. Consider these facts:
- Ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting your engine.
- Turning yoru engine off when parked for more than 10 seconds saves fuel costs.
- Even in winter, most of today’s engines need no more than 30 seconds to warm up before driving.