Facts & Fiction About Idling

Did you know?

During the winter, Canadians idle their vehicles for a combined total of 75 million minutes a day and that idling releases twice as many exhaust fumes into the air then a moving vehicle!

Here’s the truth about idling – it may surprise you! Check out Idle Free BC for more information.

  • No more than 30 seconds of idling is required to circulate oil through your engine.
  • Idling does not warm up bearings, tires or suspension.
  • More than 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
  • When idling, your engine does not operate at peak temperature, fuel does not combust cleanly and fuel residue can build up damaging engine parts.
  • Restarting your vehicle, as an alternative to idling, has little impact on the life of engine components.
  • Sitting in an idling vehicle means you are breathing in more of the dirty exhaust that leaks into the cabin. If parked and waiting it is healthier to turn off the vehicle and go inside the store or building.
  • Modern diesel engines do not need to be idled, if they are well maintained they are not ‘hard to start.’

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