Whether you stopped to drop your bills in the mailbox at the end of your street or waited to pick your kids up from basketball practice, you have probably left your engine idling for more than ten seconds at least once this week. But did you know that in this short period of time, you are wasting more gas than it would have taken to turn off and restart the engine? Not only does this mean you are filling up your tank more than you need to, but you are also causing unnecessary pollution and increasing engine wear. Idling your engine can have negative effects on your vehicle, wallet and the environment. Here are just a few of the reasons we recommend shutting off your car whenever you put it in park.
Improve Air Quality
Instead of letting your car idle while you take cash out of the ATM or wait to pick someone up, turn off your car and help the environment. While spending ten minutes a day idling may not seem like much, every ten minutes your engine is on you release one pound of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This may not seem like much, but when you add up how many cars are idling around town each day, the numbers really add up.
Reduce Engine Wear
While restarting a vehicle used to put strain on the engine, newer cars no longer have that problem. This means that you can actually reduce engine wear by turning your vehicle off while waiting in parking lots and listening to the radio in the driveway.
Save Some Money
Between the daily commute to work and the running of regular errands, you probably spend a lot of time in your vehicle – and a lot of money filling it up. Cut back on the amount of gas you use every day by limiting the amount of time you idle your engine. According to the Environmental Defense Fund you can save anywhere between $70 and $650 a year by turning off your engine every time you would normally idle.
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