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.