So you got off work early on a Friday so you can surprise your kids by picking them up at school, but best yet, you are taking them camping for the weekend. It’s the end of June and the weather is warm. You pull up to the school, put the car in park and leave the air conditioning running. This is not a way to save gas! Idling uses gas and will not help you reduce gas consumption. Sure, idling for 30 minutes “only” uses about 1/10th of a gallon of gas, and to savings by turning off the engine is probably off set by the need to replace the starter – but you are still burning fossil fuels that will eventually deplete to zero. And the air we breathe will be cleaner too.
How often do you leave the car idling?
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