I totally disagree with Robert Hammer’s take on the logo for our current vehicle stickers. [Who picked the (stupid) vehicle sticker logo? Viewpoints, June 9] I can’t think of a healthier, more environmentally apropos logo for our times. I am proud that Oak Park chose to espouse such an earth-friendly campaign.
Here are a few enlightening facts about the damage idling does. Idling increases ground-level ozone. These emissions can increase and worsen asthma symptoms, especially in children with still-developing lungs. Exhaust pollutants are linked to allergies, cancer and heart disease.
In just one day, if everyone in the U.S. eliminated five minutes of unnecessary idling, we’d save 3.8 million gallons of gas, and 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide would not be emitted. On a more personal level, by turning off your car you will save 220 to 440 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, and 10 to 20 gallons of gas per year.
If you expect to idle for more than 30 seconds, except in traffic, turn off your engine. Idling is harder on your engine than restarting and causes higher maintenance costs and damage to engine components over time. Modern vehicles no longer need a long “warm-up” time. Turn off your engine while you wait in the drive-through at the pharmacy, while you wait for those long trains to pass, or while you wait for your child to come out of school.
I think that the great amount of good we can do with one little daily reminder on our windshield outweighs acorns of self-promotion of our village for one year. It is so easy to turn the key and be idle-free. We all need a reminder!