5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Idling Your Car — INFOGRAPHIC

It’s time to prevent air pollution by turning your car off. We created an infographic explaining five reasons why you stop idling your car in drive-through lanes and parking lots. You might be surprised to find out a few of these tips will even save you some money.

Here’s our breakdown of five reasons to spare the air.

5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Idling Your Car

  • Keep the air safe for your children! 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.
  • Prevent Global Warming! 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).
  • Keep money in your wallet and save fuel! An idling car uses between 1/5 to 7/10 of a gallon of fuel an hour. With average U.S. prices for fuel topping $2.50 a gallon, that’s about $2 an hour wasted.
  • Engine Wear-and-Tear In fact, extended idling causes engine damage. Engine manufacturers generally recommend no more than three to five minutes of idling.
  • Turn off your ignition if you’re waiting more than 10 seconds. Contrary to popular belief, restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it idling. In fact, idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine.Idling actually increases overall engine wear by causing the car to operate for longer than necessary.

We put these tips together in a graphic you will see below. You can download your own copy here (right click choose save as)

Featured Image courtesy of Inhabitant