Most drivers know idling is running a vehicle’s propulsion engine when the vehicle isn’t moving. To be put simply, idling wastes fuel and creates harmful emissions. However, as many experts in the fueling industry will indicate, the issue with idling goes much deeper.
A common misconception among many drivers is, “idling doesn’t really waste a significant amount of fuel compared to when the vehicle is in motion.” However, idling can consume a gallon of fuel or more per hour, depending on the vehicle. Each gallon of fuel burned creates about 20 lbs. of greenhouse gases. Additionally, the health impacts from idling can’t be ignored, as idling creates vehicle emissions increasing the risk of respiratory illness, especially in children.
Idling uses more fuel than restarting your car and is illegal in some states, resulting in substantial fines. If you are driver in any of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, idling can cause you to be ticketed and forced to pay a fine.
Over half of all idling emissions are caused by personal vehicle idling, which can add up to over 30 million tons of CO2 every year. Personal vehicle idling is estimated to waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel every year. Idling wastes money and hurts our environment, so be smart and turn it off. Idling doesn’t get you anywhere.