So I am doing a little more research on letting your car idle (see Drive Thru post) and the effects on the environment. Well it also has an impact on your car. Did you know that allowing your vehicle to idle for more than 10 seconds burns gas twice as fast? Did you know that it also produces twice as much toxic emissions as a car moving at regular speed? Did you know that even in the cold winter months a regular fuel-injected vehicle only needs a maximum of 30 seconds to warm up? It even looks like there are anti-idle laws in some countries… www.idlefree.ca has a three minute rule on the books. If you let your car idle for more than three minutes it could cost you $50. So definately use the 10 second rule; don’t allow your vehicle to idle for more than 10 seconds. The only time you shouldn’t turn off your vehicle is when you’re in traffic or at a stop light. However, if you are in the drive thru lane or in a parking lot be sure to turn the vehicle off instead of allowing it to idle. It will not only help reduce emissions but it will save you money. These days with gas prices raising daily we can all use a few more pennies in the bank.