What is Idling?
Why is Idling a Problem?
Myths About Idling
Did You Know..?
School Bus Idling
What Are Other Cities
What is Idling?
An idling vehicle is basically one whose
engine is running when it is parked or not in use. Market research
has found that the most common reasons for engine idling are:
warming up the car
waiting for someone
doing an errand
Other reasons, reported by drivers
listening to the radio
Why is idling a problem?
Vehicle idling is one of the biggest
problems among today's drivers.
What people often don't realize about
idling is that it wastes money and natural resources, it can damage
our vehicles, affect the environment, and harm our health.
Wastes Money & Natural
Thirty seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off the engine
and restarting it. If you are stopped for more than 30 seconds
- except in traffic - turn off your engine.
An idling car is the most inefficient car on the road -- it gets
0 miles per gallon. Turning off your car will save gas and
Damages our Vehicles
Idling is not an effective way of
warming up your engine, as your vehicle is made up of many moving
parts. To properly warm your vehicle's transmission, tires,
suspension, steering and wheel bearings, you need to slowly
Affects the Environment
Harms our Health
Children are particularly vulnerable to
air pollution because they breathe faster than adults and inhale
more air per pound of body weight.
Many people believe that they are
protected from air pollution if they remain inside their vehicles.
Not so according to a report by the
International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA). CTA found
that exposure to most auto pollutants, including volatile organic
compounds (VOCs) and carbon monoxide (CO), is much higher inside
vehicles than at the road side. VOCs and CO are linked to serious
health problems--like respiratory infections and cancer--are known
to shorten life. The highest exposure occurs when sitting in traffic
congestion on highways or in a line-up of idling vehicles at a
school or drive-through.
Thank you to the City of Mississauga, Canada, for much of the
material presented in this portion of our site.