MADISON, NJ - Do you leave your car running waiting to pick kids up from school? Do you leave your car running while running errands? Do you leave your car running in the morning?
Madison Borough officials are asking residents to eliminate idling.They are asking residents to "turn it off, be idle free" and help "the air quality, our health, our cars and our wallets".
Did you know that car exhaust contains air toxins which have been known to cause cancer, respiratory effects, reproductive effects, birth defects and other serious health effects, stated officials. Officials also state that air toxins at schools show elevated levels during morning and afternoon pickups. Statistics indicate that idling more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine and waste between 1-2 tanks of gas each year.
So, if you are going to wait more than 10 seconds, turn your vehicle off, they ask.