On the Radio: Environmental winter driving tips


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment suggests a number of tips to make winter driving more environmentally friendly.

For additional winter driving tips, check out our blog post here.

Winter driving can be tough on drivers, but that does not mean it has to be tough on our environment too.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Nobody like a freezing morning commute, but have you considered the harmful effects of idling?

During the winter, drivers waste fuel and release unnecessary emissions while warming their vehicles. Idling for more than ten seconds uses more fuel than restarting an engine, and many car parts that do not perform optimally when cold are not warmed while idling.

A car actually warms faster while driving than idling. In fact, Natural Resources Canada advises drivers to idle for no more than three minutes before beginning their commute.

The organization also recommends using block heaters, which warm engines without starting the vehicle. In cold temperatures, using a block heater can improve fuel economy up to 25 percent.

For more winter driving tips, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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