Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: Idling
Natural Resources Canada: Idling Quiz
Natural Resources Canada: Why do Canadians Idle?
Natural Resources Canada: Idling – Frequently Asked Questions
The City of Barrie, in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and Natural Resources Canada, are teaming together to generate an increased awareness about idling so we can all work towards a greener community and environment.
The City is not sitting idle on this issue and is currently working on an idle control policy that will minimize idling of City vehicles, saving money and reducing harmful emissions to the environment. This is part of the Greening Barrie’s Fleet initiative.
Idling is running a vehicle's engine when the vehicle is not in motion. It commonly occurs when drivers are stopped at a red light, waiting while parked outside a business or residence, or otherwise stationary with the engine running. If you keep your engine on while you wait to pick someone up, you are idling.
Myth: Restarting the engine uses more gas than idling.
Reality: An engine restart uses fuel approximately equal to 10 seconds of idling.
Myth: Restarting the engine causes greater engine wear than idling.
Reality: Restarting causes less.
Myth: Cars need to idle to warm up the engine.
Reality: The engine warms up faster when being driven.
In the peak of winter‚ studies show Canadian motorists idle their vehicles for about eight minutes a day‚ resulting in a combined total of more than 75 million minutes of idling per day.
Many motorists idle their cars in the summer in an effort to cool it down with air conditioning. Rather than letting it idle, you have alternatives:
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