Anti-Idling

The anti-idling movement has continued to expand across Canada as municipalities and community groups take action to contribute to a healthier environment by putting a stop to unnecessary vehicle idling.

What is idling?

  • If you keep your engine on while you wait to pick someone up, you are idling.
  • An idling engine produces twice as many emissions as a moving vehicle.
  • Turn your engine off and help improve air quality and slow climate change.

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Facts about idling you should know

  • Idling increases you maintenance costs. When an engine idles, the engine oil becomes dirty more quickly than when a car is moving.
  • The best way to warm up a car in winter is to drive it! Even at -18°C, most cars need only 15 to 30 seconds of idling before being driven.
  • A single bus can take 40 vehicles off the road, saving 70,000 litres of fuel and 9 tonnes of pollutants each year!

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"I will just be a minute"

  • 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel that restarting your car.
  • Turn your engine off while you wait. Idling gets you nowhere and wastes your money.
  • An idling engine gives you zero kilometres per litre.

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"But it is too hot outside"

  • When you get in your car on a hot day, cool it quickly by rolling your windows down and start driving.
  • Instead of using your air conditioner at low speeds, leave your windows open. This can reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%.
  • Close your windows at higher speeds and use your car's flow-through ventilation system. This will reduce wind resistance and increase fuel economy.

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What can I do?

  • Turn your engine off while parked or waiting to pick someone up.
  • Minimize use of remote car starters.
  • Warm your car by driving it.
  • Work from home, if possible.
  • Combine your trips to reduce the use of your vehicle.
  • Drive the speed limit. Lower speeds use less fuel.
  • Keep your car well maintained.
  • Use a block heater.
  • Leave your car at home. Walk, cycle, carpool or take public transit.
  • Shop by phone, mail or internet.

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