Don't Let Your Car Idle

Daily transportation and business activities contribute a significant portion to greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, fossil fuel reliance, and air pollution. 

One way to reduce the pollution from your own vehicle and engine is by not letting your vehicle idle. Unnecessary idling of cars, trucks, and school buses pollutes the air, wastes fuel, and causes excess engine wear. Modern vehicles do not require “warming up” in the winter, so there is no need to turn on the engine until you are ready to drive. You might also notice if you have a habit of sitting in an idling car while looking at your phone—a phenomenon on the rise.

Reducing idling from diesel school buses prevents children from being exposed to diesel exhaust, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and saves money on fuel. The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program includes information and resources that can help you reduce school bus idling in your community. 

Learn more about your car’s efficiency here.

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