What is idling?
"Idling" means running your engine when your car isn't moving. Most of the time idling isn't necessary, and it can have negative effects on the environment — and your health.
Why shouldn't I idle?
Pollution: Exhaust contributes to the formation of ozone pollution, which can cause eye, nose and throat irritation and, in higher concentrations, asthma, bronchitis and decreased lung function.
Health: Long-term exposure to air pollutants, like vehicle emissions, increases the risk of respiratory illnesses, such as allergies, asthma and lung cancer.
What can I do?
Turn off your engine when parked, and encourage friends and family to do the same. You can also:
- Promote an anti-idling policy at your child's school or at schools in your area. The AirQ Program provides free "Idle-Free Zone" signs FREE to any school in the Kansas City metro area. Call 816/474-4240 or e-mail AirQ to learn more.
- Encourage a local business to join KC Idle-Free, a metro-wide partnership of organizations dedicated to reducing auto emissions by decreasing idling. Learn more »