Save Gas and the Environment by Not Idling

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Introduction: Save Gas and the Environment by Not Idling

Many people don't realize how much gas they spend idling. Idling your car wastes gas and pours pollutants into the environment. Stopping Idling Is very easy and it will help protect our environment and it will put some money back in your wallet.

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Step 1: Know When to Turn Off Your Car

Many people think that stopping and starting your car uses more gas than Idling. This is completely FALSE In fact If you Idle for more than 10 seconds you are wasting gas. Also It puts unnecessary where and tear on the engine. So when should you turn your car off? There are tons of places that you wouldn't think of. Places like a drive up ATM, picking up someone or any other time you are waiting for more then ten seconds. Just turn off your car.

Step 2: What to Do When You Can't Turn Off Your Car.

There are a few places and times when it doesn't make sense to turn you car off. A for exampled a red light. Yes its possible that you may be sitting at a red light for more then ten seconds but because at least 5% of cars have trouble starting and one stalled car can start a huge traffic jam. Another place where you are stopped for uncertain amounts of time is a drive through. You don't know when you will start moving again so turning off your car isn't really a good choice. What can you do to save gas without turning off your engine? Put your car in neutral this not only uses less gas then traditional idling but it also puts less stress on your engine.

Step 3: What to Do in Extreme Weather Conditions.

When it is very cold many cars need ti warm up before they can drive perfectly but the best way to do this is by driving the car. Idling a car isn't a good way to warm up the engine because cars don't idle at as high a temperate as they drive at. In some extreme conditions it may be necessary to warm up a car by before driving but block warmers are a good substitute for idling. If you do need to warm up your car by idling it shouldn't take more than 5-10 minuets. If it is too cold or hot outside to sit in a car without heat or air conditioning and you are doing something like waiting for someone rather then idling so you can use you heat of air conditioning if you can go into a heated or air conditioned building. If that's not possible than you should try to use the cars heat of a/c for five say five minuets then stop for ten then turn it back on.

Step 4: Other Idling Facts

1 If you are idling you are getting ZERO miles per gallon.
2 Idling for one minuet can produce more pollutants than driving for one minuet.
3 Idling for TEN minuets uses the same amount of fuel as driving for FIVE miles.
4 Idling causes all kinds of heath problems from inhaling fumes form the car.
5 Idling also causes unnecessary noise pollution.

So just just turn off your car.

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You stated " In fact If you Idle for more than 10 seconds you are wasting gas. Also It puts unnecessary where and tear on the engine." this is false start up is a lot harder on the engine because you are essentially spinning the engine a couple of times with very little or no oil circulating.

I'd have to agree with most everyone in this comment section. This article is extremely misleading, as the unnecessary wear forced on the engine will surely counteract the "savings" that you'd make by not idling. More wear = less efficiency. When moving parts scrape against other moving parts, they turn their rotational (or linear) energy into sound and heat. This then takes MORE energy to dissipate. The more worn down the parts are, the more they will scrape, damaging your engine and your mileage.

The best way by far to save gas and up mileage is to adopt good driving habits. If you think of stepping on the gas as adding energy to the car's movement, and the breaks as taking that energy away, drive so that you have as little need as possible to remove excess energy from the car (i.e. going too fast before a red light/speed bump) and then only put in the energy you need. Cars carry an insane amount of kinetic energy, and a vehicle in motion WILL keep going when the gas pedal is released.

As for this Instructable, I would urge the author to remove it in case readers begin following this advice.

Im all for ways to save money and gas but before giving this advice you need to know the down sides to doing these actions. There is a little known area of science called Tribology which is the study of friction, lubrication, and wear. The reason we dont start and stop the engine is because the lubrication layer takes a short period to build up. Running the car at high rpm in cold weather while still warming up causes more wear, starting and stopping causes more wear. I totally agree with traffic jams and when you know the car isnt going to be moving. I think saving a few dollars a year on the fumes you saved are not worth the part replacement that will come with treating your car like this. I do think people who leave the car on because they are lazy do need to change that, but dont beat up your car, the environmental cost of spare parts probably outweighs the gas you save.

I wrote this Instructable to try to help people. It was dsined to give people some information if they wanted to hear it. Sure before you do it do some research but just know that multiple sources agree with what this Instructable says. Before you clame that there is false infrormaion here check the coments. There are pleanty of sorces listed to read up on.
 

continual start stop on an engine uses more petrol then idling and reduces the engine life.
working as a commercial mechanic i used to see it an awful lot on milk delivery vehicles.

These statements are Untrue. If you do not leave your car Idol for 1-2 min before driving there wont be enough oil in the top end. Idling does produce less polutants then Driving at 60mph since your forcing more gas into the engine to burn. Go take a Emission test this will prove you wrong. Starting and stopping the engine at every light or every time you have to Idle you will break something 10x faster . Tons of wear on the starter /battery and other components.If you really want to reduce your emissions and raise the Efficiency of your engine use a Smack HHO booster. Up to 50% less emissions and better fuel economy with better fuel burn.

> If you do not leave your car Idol for 1-2 min before driving there wont be enough oil in the top end.
. If you don't have full lubrication everywhere in the engine within a second or two, then something is wrong. Get thee to a mechanic and get it checked out.
. The oil you see on the top end is not doing any lubricating.
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> 50% less emissions
. Which emissions? You've still going to put out the same amount of Carbon. Unless you are claiming a 50% reduction in gasoline usage.

With inthe 1st 20-30 Seconds of start up is where you get 80% of wear on your engine..bearings/starter/Lifters . Hot oil drains a lot faster off the top end then you think. Its Never wise to start and stop the engine like this guy wants.Running a HHO booster REDUCES ALL emissions Up to 50% It burns the gas more completely Reducing CARBON .This also Cleans the internal components including the Cat converter. Proof is on this site. Wanna argue more argue with the Owner of the site. www.smacksboosters.110mb.com

> It burns the gas more completely Reducing CARBON . . No matter how completely (or incompletely) you burn the fuel (or anything else), the amount of Carbon out equals the amount of Carbon in. Unless you are an Alchemist.