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We can't remain idle about engine idling

Whether you are a passenger or a driver, you can make a difference. If you are in a parked car, be sure that the engine is not idling.

Fact: If every driver of a light-duty vehicle in Canada avoided idling for just five minutes per day, we would save 2.5 million litres of fuel worth more than $1.8 million.

Fact: If every driver of a light-duty vehicle in Canada avoided idling for five minutes per day, every day of the year, we would prevent more than 2.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

Fact: Children are particularly vulnerable to air pollution - they breathe faster than adults and inhale more air per pound of body weight.

Fact: Health Canada estimates that more than 5,000 Canadians die prematurely each year because of air pollution.

Turn Your Key, Be Idle-Free

Sample 2

Children are particularly vulnerable to air pollution

Children breathe faster than adults and inhale more air per pound of body weight. This is why it is so important to decrease pollution from engine idling outside our school.

It's also not safe for the person in the driver seat. Many people believe that they are protected from air pollution if they remain inside their vehicles. This is not so, according to a report by the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA). CTA found that exposure to most auto pollutants, including carbon monoxide (CO), is much higher inside vehicles than at the road-side. These emissions are linked to serious health problems, including respiratory irritation and cancer.

Whether you are a passenger or a driver, you can make a difference. If you are in a parked car, be sure that the engine is not idling.

Turn Your Key, Be Idle-Free

Sample 3

Myths and facts about idling vehicles

Myth #1: The engine should be warmed up before driving.

Reality: Idling is not an effective way to warm up your vehicle, even in cold weather. The best way to do this is to drive the vehicle. With today's modern engines, you need no more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days before driving away.

Myth #2: Idling is good for your engine.

Reality: Excessive idling can actually damage your engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs and exhaust systems.

Myth #3: Shutting off and restarting your vehicle is hard on the engine and uses more gas than if you leave it running.

Reality: Frequent restarting has little impact on engine components like the battery and the starter motor. Component wear caused by restarting the engine is estimated to add $10 per year to the cost of driving, money that will likely be recovered several times over in fuel savings from reduced idling. The bottom line is that over ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine.

Whether you are a passenger or a driver, you can make a difference. If you are in a parked car, be sure that the engine is not idling.

Turn Your Key, Be Idle-Free




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