Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c01/h09/mnt/6796/domains/startglobalcooling.com/html/news/wp-settings.php on line 468

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c01/h09/mnt/6796/domains/startglobalcooling.com/html/news/wp-settings.php on line 483

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c01/h09/mnt/6796/domains/startglobalcooling.com/html/news/wp-settings.php on line 490

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c01/h09/mnt/6796/domains/startglobalcooling.com/html/news/wp-settings.php on line 526

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c01/h09/mnt/6796/domains/startglobalcooling.com/html/news/wp-includes/cache.php on line 103

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c01/h09/mnt/6796/domains/startglobalcooling.com/html/news/wp-includes/query.php on line 21

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c01/h09/mnt/6796/domains/startglobalcooling.com/html/news/wp-includes/theme.php on line 618

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c01/h09/mnt/6796/domains/startglobalcooling.com/html/news/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/wpomatic.php on line 2076
Myths and Realities of Idling Your Car | Start Global Cooling News
you may change this Google Custom Search to your own. -->

Myths and Realities of Idling Your Car


Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /nfs/c01/h09/mnt/6796/domains/startglobalcooling.com/html/news/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 379

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /nfs/c01/h09/mnt/6796/domains/startglobalcooling.com/html/news/wp-content/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/googleanalytics.php on line 379

By James E. Bressor

You see them just about anywhere there are automobiles: Idling cars. Sometimes parked in front of schools as parents wait for their sons and daughters to run off the playground. Sometimes parked in front of a post office, as the owner goes in to get the day’s mail. Sometimes even parked outside a grocery store for 10 minutes or longer while the driver is inside buying cereal and soda.

Too many of us are idling our cars and trucks, wasting thousands of gallons of gas each day and putting tons of pollutants into the air we breathe. Although we know this causes lung damage and contributes to global climate change, what’s our excuse for this habit? It’s cold outside.

Well, yes, it’s often cold in Vermont during the winter. But if anybody lives in an even colder climate, it’s our neighbors to the north. Try Saskatoon in mid-January. Now that’s cold.

The Canadian Office of Energy Efficiency, part of Natural Resources Canada, is working with businesses and nonprofit organizations to raise awareness about the health and environmental problems caused by unnecessary idling. As part of its work, the Office of Energy Efficiency has produced a website http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/autosmart/idling/Home.cfm?Text=Y loaded with information about the benefits of not idling your car.

“Canadians are an industrious people who know the value of a good day’s work. But we are also a nation of vehicle idlers – a habit that is costing us millions of dollars a year in wasted fuel and producing unnecessary emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that is a major contributor to climate change,” the website states. “To make matters worse, vehicle idling also contributes to other environmental problems such as deteriorating air quality and smog, which directly affect the health of our children and other vulnerable members of our community, including seniors and people with respiratory problems. And to top it off, contrary to popular belief, idling is not even good for your vehicle’s engine.”

The website debunks several popular myths about idling automobiles:

Myth: The engine should be warmed up before driving.
Reality: Idling is not an effective way to warm up the engine of 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 starting to drive.

Myth: Idling is good for your engine.
Reality: Excessive idling can actually damage your engine’s components, including cylinders, spark plugs and the exhaust system.

Myth: 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 such as the battery and 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. More than 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine.

If there are Canadians idling their cars less because they care about the health of their neighbors and the health of their planet, we can do the same here in the United States. Vermonters who want to learn more about reducing their contribution to global climate change and air pollution-related lung damage should visit http://www.vteco.com/contntpg/globalwr.html or call 1-800-974- 9559 to receive a copy of the EcoLogical Solutions Global Warming brochure.

James Bressor is the Director of Media and Public Relations for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Article posted at http://www.anr.state.vt.us/site/html/reflect/mar1102.htm for the week of March 11, 2001.

Leave a Reply