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Idling Gets You Nowhere
Turn your engine off when stopped for more than 10 seconds.

Idling leads to AIR POLLUTION and HEALTH PROBLEMS:
  • We each take 20,000 breaths every day. Children breathe 50% more air than adults
  • Car exhaust contains toxic chemicals that impair our lungs and hearts
  • Breathing car exhaust increases the risk of death from heart and lung disease and lung cancer—especially for children, the elderly and people with asthma
  • Asthma symptoms increase as a result of air pollution and car exhaust:
    • Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15
    • More and more children are being diagnosed with asthma each year. We estimate that 20% of children in Cleveland have asthma
    • Almost $15 million were spent in the U.S. in 2006 on asthma-related hospital care, physicians’ services and prescription drugs
Idling WASTES FUEL and is EXPENSIVE:
  • Idling for 10 seconds or more uses more gas than restarting your engine
  • One hour of idling burns up to a gallon of fuel
  • Restarting your engine frequently has little impact on your engine
Idling HARMS THE ENVIRONMENT:
  • Car exhaust includes carbon dioxide (CO2). Excessive amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere can increase global warming
  • For each gallon of gas your car burns, it releases about 19 pounds of CO2
What is idling?

Idling means leaving a vehicle’s engine running when it is stopped, in park or not in use. Have you ever left your car running while
  • waiting to pick someone up?
  • running errands?
  • “warming up” your car?
Contact us to receive a free "Idle-Free" decal for your car