Consequences Of Diesel Idling
- Idling Consumes Fuel
- Nationally, trucks burn 4 billion gallons of fuel each year when idling, going nowhere. A large amount of truck
idling occurs at travel centers while truckers rest during their federally mandated layover periods. They idle their
engines in order to maintain comfortable temperatures while resting or providing power to devices such as televisions,
refrigerators, microwaves, and internet.
- Trucks idle 40 - 60% of their working life.
- Idling increases engine maintenance costs and shortens engine life, inefficiencies that are ultimately passed on to consumers.
- Global Warming
CO2, Carbon Dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is another heavily produced
emission that results from diesel engine idling. Carbon dioxide is widely accepted by many states and cities as a
significant contributor to the greenhouse effect and climate change.
- Health Impacts of Diesel Emissions
Diesel exhaust particulate matter (PM) is a toxic air contaminant. Diesel engines contribute to fine particulate
matter (PM 2.5) air quality problems. Those most vulnerable are children whose lungs are still developing and the
elderly who may have other serious health problems.
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