1000 Flowers for the Planet - #436 Turn Off Your Engine
Sitting in the car while it’s idling for long periods of time is a waste of your money and of valuable finite resources. When you find yourself having to remain stationary in your car for more than a minute, turn off the engine to conserve fuel. It does not take more fuel to restart the engine.
Sometimes we get caught chatting to a neighbour as we come across them when trying to leave the house, and we stop in the street with the engine idling for many minutes while we catch up with the gossip. This is a good time to turn off your engine. If you’re caught in a terrible traffic jam where the traffic just isn’t moving, turn off your engine. If you’ve dropped someone off somewhere and you’re just waiting for them to zip in and out, don’t leave the car idling all that time – they inevitable take longer than expected, so turn off your engine (or find a proper parking spot).
By avoiding lengthy idling times and turning off the engine we can save money on fuel, which adds up over time. We also reduce carbon emissions, thus helping the planet to breathe a little better.