What is the problem with parked vehicles that idle?
A car is parked and idling while the driver surfs on a smart phone, or a big diesel delivery truck is idling for 15 minutes.
Eventually these vehicles go on their way and everything seems as it was before they idled.
But it isn’t. Harm has been done, some of it permanent. Those in the vicinity, including the drivers, have been harmed by breathing toxic exhaust emissions. Harm has been done to the engines, wallets or company profits, and the environment. Plus laws were not obeyed.
Drivers need to be aware of this harmful and wasteful yet unnecessary practice that occurs daily throughout Vermont.
The compelling benefits of simply turning off the key when parked:
• SAVE MONEY - avoid fuel waste and engine wear
• IMPROVE AIR QUALITY / IMPROVE OUR HEALTH - tailpipe chemicals can cause diseases over time like cancer and asthma
• SLOW THE ADVANCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE - exhaust emissions contain carbon dioxide (CO2) that contributes to climate change
• CONSERVE ENERGY - unnecessary idling contributes to fossil fuel use
• COMPLY WITH LAWS - Vermont has laws that restrict idling
For details, visit the Idling Facts page
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