In an Idle World

2 September 2020

You might be familiar with some variation of the saying “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”, and that too may be true for an idle engine.

Over the weekend, a friend drove over to my place on his way home to pass me something. It was meant to be a quick hi-bye kinda drop-off but he was already outside of his vehicle by the time I went out of my house and down to the waiting area. We hadn’t seen each other for months and we hadn’t really been talking much during the circuit breaker period, so it was a good chance for the both of us to catch up.

We stood around and spoke for 10 minutes before he got back into his car and drove home, and it was then I realised that his engine was switched on the entire time. Perhaps it was sheer coincidence that I was researching how bad idling is for your car at the time, but the observation in itself inspired me to write this for you.

Save your fuel!

2 minutes of an idling engine burns enough fuel for 1.6km (1.0mi), that’s 8km worth of fuel for my friend, and contrary to popular belief, leaving a car to idle for 5 minutes to warm up is not much different from driving it slowly for 5 minutes to warm up.

That being said, save your money, too!

Sure, fuel prices might be a little lower now, but why say no to saving even more money, right?

On a personal note, it could even save you.

There are studies that link idling to the increment of asthma, allergies, heart & lung disease and even cancer (talk about putting the car in carcinogenic), so the next time when you’re dropping your child off at school, especially those along Bukit Timah where endless queues of cars are formed to drop students off, consider reducing your idle time.

Speaking about schools…

Studies also show that inhaling exhaust fumes damages our brain cells, and with so many developing minds bound to shape the future in school zones, we really should relook how we wait in traffic.

It also gives us a chance to educate.

Idling is a habit that can be taught, but the same can be said for the opposite. Maybe you could quote a couple of things you’ve learnt in this blog, maybe you’ve decided to look into said studies, or maybe you just want to spark a conversation with your passenger or your child.

Not quite as noisy…

With all these conversations you’re having, it’s also much more peaceful in the car without the hum and rattle of an idle engine — no matter how quiet your car is when turned on. Which would lead us to another great conversation topic –

We could reduce how harsh it is on the environment.

Of course, we’re not the best source of best environmental practices, but 10 minutes of idling generates an average of 0.45 kilograms (1lb) of carbon, a harmful greenhouse gas. And these small habits go a long way in the planet’s future, so we could lend a hand to leave a less polluted world for the next generation and the generations after.

Here’s how we can help you reduce your idling.

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