Switch off your engine
20 September 2022
By Hayley Carmichael
Poor air quality is a huge issue across the country and regionally for us in Sussex. Many journeys cannot be helped but pollution from stationary vehicles is unnecessary and something we can address…
Why is idling bad?
Idling is letting your car engine run when you are sitting in it doing nothing and travelling nowhere; you might be waiting in a traffic queue or to collect someone but while doing that switching off is the best policy.
Outside schools, hospitals and other public buildings are common hot spots for idling; and this adds significantly to local air pollution and ill health.
Idling increases the amount of exhaust fumes in the air. These fumes contain a number of harmful gases including Carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), particular matters (PMs) and hydrocarbons, which are bad for the environment and linked to health issues such as asthma, COPD, strokes, cancer and neural development.
Benefits of switching your engine off
There is a misapprehension that switching the engine on and off damages it through wear and tear but actually switching off your engine when not in motion is better for it and leaving it running when the car isn’t moving is worse for wear and tear.
It also saves fuel, which in turn saves you money and in these cost of living crisis times this is worth thinking about.
The big gain is less pollution, which is great for your, and everyone else’s health.