Sunday, September 23, 2007

Car Idling

Recently, I went down to Belleville with friends. Along the way, at a couple of points... my friend let his car idle. There is almost nothing that irritates me more than someone who lets their car idle. Even though, the myth that "turning the car on and off causes more harm than idling" has been disproved over and over, there are still those that hang on tight to this claim, thinking that their 5 minutes of idling isn't doing any harm.

Which brings me to another point. Drive-thrus. I hate them! People sit in their cars in long lineups, idling for 5, 10, 15 minutes just for the convenience of not having to get out of their cars. Why are we such a lazy ass society?! I read an article of Adria Vasil's today about a study conducted by University of Alberta students. They found that drivers in Edmonton spent 5,000 HOURS idling at Tim Horton's drive-thrus, emitting 23.5 tonnes of greenhouse gases IN JUST ONE DAY!

Anyone who thinks that he/she is not doing any harm by idling for a couple of minutes is obviously just being ignorant. Plain and simple.

For the whole article, visit this website:

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