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Turn your key, be idle free

Posted at 1:39 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 15:39:55-05

Robin Erickson, Executive Director of Utah Clean Cities tells us why it is so important for Utahns to be idle free.

Here are three reasons you should be idle free:

  1. Not idling saves money: It is estimated that the average driver idles his or her vehicle for 10 minutes each day. Considering, an idling car wastes between 0.2 - 0.6 gallon per hour, drivers all across America are consuming significant amounts of fuel (that they have paid for) to go nowhere. Over time this translates to considerable fuel costs and engine wear.
  2. Not idling reduces pollution: When a vehicle is idling, it continues to release emissions into the air. Additionally, when a vehicle is not moving, more pollutants are able to enter the cab.
  3. Not idling supports public health: Tailpipe emissions contribute to Particulate Matter (PM2.5) in the air, and the formation of ground‐level ozone. These pollutants aggravate respiratory and cardiovascular problems, especially in children who take more air into their lungs per minute than adults.

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