Don’t an idler be …

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Don’t an idler be ….

Do you sit in your car and let the engine idle, while you’re waiting, for instance, outside school or in a traffic queue?

If so, switching you car off could be a no-brainer way to help the environment, not just from a worldwide point of view, but very much from a cleaner and healthier,  local air quality, point of view!

Outside most US schools, parents are advised to turn off their engines if waiting in their cars for their children.  It is said to significantly benefit the air quality for children with asthma, as well as promoting a better environment for the school children in general

It creates a cleaner air environment and less pollution outside schools .. It saves money and fuel .. and it cuts needless CO2 emissions (we have enough of these already)

The question of why you’re letting your car idle for a long time?  It’s bad for the environment to pump all those extra hydrocarbons into the atmosphere and you’re wasting precious, not to mention expensive gas. Give nature a break and turn it off.

But i want to listen to the radio? 

In truth, listening to a radio with the engine off will use barely use any battery life, even for over 30 mins (and who waits 30 mins?)  Even the aircon, can be run for around 20 minutes, without adverse affect and fans, if set to Eco mode (no cooling) can stay on for longer.  More significantly, idling for a regular periods, is wearing on the engine, regardless of the pollution it causes.   Most modern cars are built to be turned on and off as needed; hence the rise of Stop-Start technology to cut emissions; Significantly, one of the first major Stop-Start vehicles was VW’s Umwelt Golf from 1993!  So switching off you engine as a viable option is nothing new and not ‘harmful’ for older vehicles, it’s simple becoming more popular as we increasingly have to address the damage the combustion engine is doing to our planet’s atmosphere.

If you need further convincing … it will save you MONEY …

Lots of modern cars have what’s known as stop-start technology, which automatically shuts off the engine when the car is stationary to save fuel. If your car doesn’t have this feature, you can still make savings by turning off the ignition yourself.

An idling engine burns around 3.5 litres of fuel an hour so all the time we spend stuck in traffic, waiting at the lights or parked-up with our engines running can add up to a lot of fuel burned and a lot of CO2 released without actually going anywhere.

You can’t turn off your engine every time you come to a standstill but if the car is going to be motionless for more than around 15 seconds, you’ll probably save fuel by turning it off.

Do you bit towards the environment, by doing virtually nothing at all …

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Please switch off your engine .. Your children (and the planet) will thank you .. and you’ll save money … *smile*

See …. 20 tips for Better Fuel Economy

Also, if you want to find out more about new Green car technology … See Which’s summary HERE