Schools are places of learning, playing, cultivating and growing. Nothing should stand in the way of that, especially if that something also threatens children’s health. Emissions from idling vehicles - like those waiting in school carpool lanes - contain pollutants, toxins, even carcinogens, that degrade air quality around schools.

You can help! Sign the Kno-Idling Pledge to support clean air in and around schools and shut off your vehicle when waiting to pick up and drop off students.

Did You Kno:

  • Idling vehicles release toxins, pollutants, and carcinogens into the air that can lead to serious health issues such as asthma, COPD, and lung cancer.
  • Vehicles idling in school drop off and pick up lines create “hot spots” of degraded air quality around school areas where students are waiting, walking, and breathing.
  • Because their lungs are still developing and because they breathe as much as 50% more air than adults, children are more susceptible to the effects of poor air quality.
  • Idling longer than 10 seconds burns more fuel than restarting the engine. Some manufacturers warn that idling longer than 30 seconds may even cause engine damage.

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