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Manages a vehicle fleet Receives deliveries Runs farm machinery Wants to save money and be more environmentally responsible
...an idling reduction policy is for you!
Protect Employee Health
Vehicle exhaust can exacerbate asthma and bronchitis.
Chronic exposure to exhaust has been shown to increase the risk of respiratory illnesses, heart attacks, and cancer.
Idling is expensive. The typical gasoline- and diesel-fueled engine wastes about a gallon for every hour spent idle. Farm machinery tends to use even more fuel. Save money on fuel costs and maintenance by reducing unnecessary vehicle idling.
Running an engine for over 10 seconds uses more gas than restarting the engine. Turn vehicles off when parked to save money on fuel.
Gasoline engines do not require warming prior to driving and modern diesel engines need only 3 minutes of warming.
Idling causes twice as much wear on the engine as driving at highway speeds while significantly shortening engine oil life.
Help Air Quality
Linn County is continually working to improve the air quality by reducing air pollution.
Unnecessary idling contributes to air pollution. Vehicles, trucks, and combustion engines emit close to 40% of the total air pollution in Linn County, emitting pollutants that lead to the creation of ozone and air toxic pollutants.
A simple idle reduction policy can demonstrate that your organization is working to make our community healthier. This initiative is an easy way to be environmentally responsible.
Be a Leader - Adopt an Idle-Reduction Policy
How Linn County Public Health Can Help
LCPH can provide an Idle-Free Zone kit, including sample policies, letters, fact sheets, and Idle-Free Zone parking signs.
Provide outdoor Idle-Free Zone signs for pick-up and drop-off locations.
Offer free technical support.
Promote and recognize Idle-Free efforts through press releases, Linn County Outdoor Air Quality website, and Linn County Public Health's Facebook page.