Idling Awareness in Burlington

Idling Awareness in Burlington

We’re back this week with more on idling. Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment or share their thoughts about our last idling blog.

In 2014, Halton Region conducted an Air Quality and Climate Change survey to determine knowledge, opinions, attitudes and/or behaviours related to a variety of topics, including idling. According to the survey results:

  • 52% of Burlington drivers surveyed were aware that their city had an idling bylaw compared to 44% of Oakville drivers and 29% of Halton Hills drivers.
  • 55% of Halton drivers (59% in Burlington) reported not idling their vehicles one minute or longer in the past month. Drivers over 65 years old and drivers in a low income group were more likely to report that they did not idle their vehicle.
  • Halton drivers who let their cars idle reported doing so for an average of three minutes.

Idling Behaviour in HaltonEarlier this month, we posted a blog about winter idling myths. A reader reminded us that we forgot to mention another myth which is that idling is good for your engine. The fact is that “excessive idling can actually damage your engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs, and exhaust systems. Fuel is only partially combusted when idling because an engine does not operate at its peak temperature. This leads to the build up of fuel residues on cylinder walls that can damage engine components and increase fuel consumption.”

Take Action Burlington! Turn your engines off when parked.

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