What steps can I take to minimize idling?

It's easy, think about fuel efficiency every time you use your car:

  • Never leave the vehicle running while you zip into a corner store or fast-food restaurant; it's hard on your wallet, bad for the environment, and an invitation to car thieves
  • Remember that children's health is especially susceptible to vehicle emissions so don't idle on school grounds, at day cares, at athletic fields or other facilities where you may be dropping off or picking up your children
  • In the summer, help keep your vehicle's interior from getting too hot by using a sunshade. Seek out parking in shaded areas
  • Avoid using remote car starters. They encourage you to start your car before you're ready to drive it, which just means needless idling

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1. With modern emission technology and more fuel-efficient cars, why do I have to worry about a small matter like idling?
2. Every gallon of fuel burned produces about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. How can one gallon of gas produce so much air pollution?
3. What other air pollutants are found in car exhaust?
4. How much fuel am I wasting by idling my vehicle?
5. What are the most common reasons for idling?
6. What steps can I take to minimize idling?
7. Is shutting off and restarting my vehicle hard on the engine?
8. What else should I know about idling?