Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that reduce the amount of time drivers idle their engines. Reducing idling time has many benefits, including reduced fuel costs, emissions and noise.
Most idling is wasteful and can be avoided. Idling for up to one hour can use as much as a gallon of fuel. It also increases maintenance costs for general wear and tear of the vehicle.
Improving fuel economy in U.S. automobiles and trucks can reduce petroleum use and lessen our dependence on imported oil. It can also save money at the fuel pump and reduce emissions.
Reasons to Avoid Idling:
- Improved air quality
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Fuel & financial savings
- Lessened dependence on imported oil
IdleBox is a toolkit of print products, templates, presentations and information resources to assist light- and medium duty vehicle fleets with idle-reduction projects.
IdleBox tools can be used to educate and engage policymakers, fleet managers, drivers and other decision-makers about the benefits of reducing idling.
SmartWay-Idle reduction for freight industry
SmartWay is a public/private collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the freight transportation industry that helps freight shippers, carriers and logistics companies improve fuel-efficiency and save money. South Shore Clean Cities supports SmartWay’s efforts by promoting idle reduction and fuel efficiency methods and technologies.