Anti-Idling Campaign: Children Breathe Here!

Help our children have clean air to breathe, by turning off your vehicle when pickup up and dropping off your child. Enter the Anti-Idling draw!

1. What’s the problem with idling?
• Pollutants – A variety of pollutants given off from vehicle emissions that impact our health and the environment. Of particular concern are particulate matter (PM) and CO2
• Pollutants impacts our air quality….which impacts all living things
• For humans, vehicle emissions impact our health, especially those with respiratory problems. Particulate matter (PM) is breathed deep into the lungs.
• Impacts on Climate change - Scientists believe that global warming is being caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. As more gases accumulate, they trap heat near the earth’s surface, which causes temperatures to rise. Transportation is the single largest source of GHG in Canada.  
• In Canada, if we all reduced our idling by just “five” minutes every day, we could prevent more than two million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year! That’s the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.
• Impacts on the wallet - Waste of gas and money
• If you idle your vehicle for more than 10 seconds, you use more fuel than it would take to restart your engine. If stopped for more than 60 seconds - except in traffic – turn the engine off.  

2. Some solutions to idling include;
• Reduce your time idling – don’t arrive at school early for pick-up, don’t go through drive-throughs etc.
• Turn vehicles off (go inside and wait)

3. With today's computer-controlled engines, even on cold winter days, usually no more than two to three minutes of idling is enough warm-up time needed for the average vehicle before starting to drive.

4. Cars warm faster and operate more efficiently when being driven. Warming up the vehicle means more than warming the engine. The tires, transmission, wheel bearings and other moving parts also need to be warmed up for the vehicle to perform well. Most of these parts don't begin to warm up until you drive the vehicle.

5. Vehicle engine emissions create ground level ozone. Ozone is a respiratory irritant. Walk or bike whenever you can to reduce vehicle use.

6. If every driver of a light duty vehicle avoided idling by three minutes a day, collectively over the year, we would save 630 million litres of fuel, over 1.4 million tonnes of GHG emissions, and $630 million annually in fuel costs (assuming fuel costs are $1.00/L).

7. If you're going to be stopped for more than 60 seconds – except in traffic – turn the engine off. Unnecessary idling wastes money and fuel, and produces greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

8. Many drivers also mistakenly believe that turning off their engines for a short stop is more harmful to their car than leaving the engine running. Ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine!

9. Approximately $1.8 million of fuel is idled away by Canadians every day. An idling engine produces twice as many exhaust emissions as an engine in motion, significantly contributing to local air pollution.

10. An idling engine is not operating at its peak temperature, which means fuel combustion is incomplete. Soot deposits can accumulate on cylinder walls leading to oil contamination and damaged components.  

11. Many people believe that they are protected from air pollution if they remain inside their vehicles. Not so according to a report by the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA). CTA found that exposure to most auto pollutants, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon monoxide (CO), is much higher inside vehicles than at the roadside. VOCs and CO are linked to serious health problems – like respiratory irritation and cancer – and are known to shorten life (www.icta.org). The highest exposure occurs when sitting in 17 traffic congestion on highways or in a line-up of idling vehicles at a transit stop or outside of a school.

12. Children are particularly vulnerable to air pollution because they breathe faster than adults and inhale more air per pound of body weight. 24. Exposure to vehicle exhaust increases the risk of death from heart and lung disease and lung cancer (American cancer Society).

13. Children’s asthma symptoms increase as a result of car exhaust (Norris: American Society) 

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More Information: 
Idling Buses, Cars Outside Schools Dangerous
Edmonton Anti-Idling near Schools & Hospitals law
Vermont Anti-Idling Law
Active & Safe Routes To School

Idle Free School Tool Kit
New Brunswick School Bus No Idling 
Regina Schools support no idling