Reduce air pollution and save money think before you hit that button.
Contrary to popular belief, restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it idling. Idling for just 10 seconds wastes more fuel than restarting the engine. Warm up your engineby driving it, not by idling.
An idling engine can produce up to twice as many exhaust emissions as an engine in motion. Exhaust emissions contain a range of air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter. These can effect the air quality of the surrounding environment and the air we breathe.
Providing information and raising awareness – i.e. improved website and information for the local area for schools to reduce car journeys to school and the idling of car engines outside schools and Major Roads Please see What can we do to improve air quality?
By turning off your engine you improve air quality, reduce fuels costs and comply with the law. Reducing air pollutants can help cut heart disease, reduce lung cancer and prevent asthma attacks.
Idling is when a driver leaves the engine running, and the vehicle is parked. Every day in the UK millions of cars and trucks idle needlessly, sometimes for several minuets and in some cases much more and an idling car can release as much pollution as a moving car
You may not be able to avoid keeping your engine running when you’re stopped at traffic lights or stuck in congested traffic.
A simple turn of your key can keep the air cleaner and save money and fuel. Every time you turn off your car engine in place of idling, you’ll: cut down on hazardous pollution in your town or community. Idling tailpipes spew out the same pollutants as moving cars. These pollutants have been linked to serious human illnesses including asthma, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and cancer.. For every 10 minutes your engine is off, you’ll prevent one pound of carbon dioxide from being released (carbon dioxide is the primary contributor to global warming)