Many of us do it, but are unaware of our actions or their impacts. A car is idling when the engine is turned on but the vehicle is not in motion. This is not only unnecessary, but also harmful to the environment and our health. New Jersey has had a No-Idling regulation for diesel-fueled commercial vehicles since 1972. The current regulation, effective since 1985, and updated in 2007, states that, with limited exceptions, no motor vehicle (diesel or gasoline fueled) may have its engine running if stopped for more than three consecutive minutes.
With the concern over the price of gas this summer, here are a few tips from
Sandra S. Van Sant, APN, MPH
Monmouth County Regional Health Commission #1
-If you're waiting for someone and you'll be parked and sitting for 30 seconds or longer then turn off your car's engine.
-For every two minutes that your car is idling it uses around the same amount of gas it takes to drive about one mile. The average person idles their car five to ten minutes a day. People often idle their cars more in the winter, but even then, you don't need to let your car sit and idle for the usual five minutes to 'warm it up' - 30 seconds will do just fine.
Idling gets 0 MPG.
-The recommendation: If you are to be parked 30 seconds or more, turn off the engine. Ten seconds of idling may use more fuel than restarting the engine. Also, when starting your engine, try not to step down on the accelerator; just simply turn the key and start it up.