Check out the brand new Clean Air Action public service announcement (PSA) that WMSRDC and the West Michigan Clean Air Coalition is currently airing on WZZM 13 and WOOD TV 8. The focus of this year’ television education campaign is anti-idling. The following are a few anti-idling good practices:
– Turn off your ignition if you’re waiting more than 10 seconds. Contrary to popular belief, restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it idling. In fact, idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine.
– Protect your car engine by idling less. Frequent restarts are no longer hard on a car’s engine and battery. The added wear (which amounts to no more than $10 a year) is much less costly than the cost of wasted fuel (which can add up to $70-650 a year, depending on fuel prices, idling habits and vehicle type). Idling actually increases overall engine wear by causing the car to operate for longer than necessary.
– Make the air healthier by cutting down on hazardous pollution in your town or community. Idling tailpipes spew out the same pollutants as moving cars. These pollutants have been linked to serious human illnesses including asthma, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and cancer.
– Keep money in your wallet and save fuel. An idling car uses between 1/5 to 7/10 of a gallon of fuel an hour. An idling diesel truck burns approximately one gallon of fuel an hour. With average U.S. prices for diesel fuel topping $2 a gallon1, that’s about $2 an hour wasted.
Stop at the Click PSA
The Stop at the Click PSA was aired in the summers of 2014 and 2015 on WZZM 13, WOOD TV 8, and FOX 17 to inform the public about the importance of stopping at the click when refueling. This PSA features two theatre students from Muskegon Community College.