Have you ever been told that idling your car for several minutes is necessary to keep your car running smoothly and efficiently for a long period of time? If you answered yes and currently doing so – it’s time break out of that habit because idling your car is unnecessary, wasteful and even dangerous. It impairs the operating efficiency, reduces mileage and produces additional greenhouse gases.
Don’t fall for the myths that you’ve been told by your parents or instructors. Modern cars are much developed and enhanced. Here are the primary reasons why idling won’t benefit your car, your wallet or your health.
1. Impairs the car’s operating efficiency
You’ve probably been told that idling your car for several minutes warms up the car faster during the winter, but this isn’t true. Idling your car forces the engine to operate in a very inefficient way. It also damages the engine by wearing out the car’s battery, ignition and gas.
The best way to warm up your car is to moderately drive it after starting the engine. Modern cars contain batteries that use less power per engine start, recharge faster and have greater power reserves – so waiting several minutes for your car to warm up is unnecessary. It only takes 5-10 seconds of idling before a car can be driven safely.
2. Burns your gas and wallet
Voluntary idling is a costly habit, and has no benefits to your car’s engine and mileage. Spending 5-10 minutes of idling impairs fuel efficiency, and can even burn between a half to a whole cup of gasoline! According to Hinkle Charitable Foundation, each US household can save up to $133-$241 per year per vehicle, because an average Americans waste approximately 3.8M gallons of gasoline by voluntary idling each day.
It is best to restart your car, rather than voluntary idling. Not only you are burning gas and money, but also producing needless pollution for the environment.
3. Endangers your health and environment
Gasoline consumption isn’t the primary reason why idling should be stopped. According from Canada resources, the 1.4 billions gallons of gasoline wasted emits 13 million tons of Carbon Dioxide. This is highly dangerous for your health and the environment.
In addition, based on the article, “Exhaust is Hazardous to Human Health,” by Isabelle Silverman of the Minneapolis’ Anti-idling ordinance, car idling is the second-hand smoking of the outdoors. It can severely effect adults and children, as it can increase their chance of getting cancer, lung diseases, asthma and allergies.
It may be impossible to completely eliminate idling your car. But if you find yourself waiting for someone or something for more than 10 seconds, it’s always best to just turn off your car. By simply understanding the effects of idling and reducing your practice, you can make a positive change. You can save your car, money and loved ones.
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