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Saving Fuel: The Benefits of No Idling


With more than 100,000 vehicles delivering over 15 million packages and documents worldwide each day, UPS knows first-hand the importance of no-idling measures.

1. Keep Children Healthy

  • Children's lungs continue to develop as they grow, and they are most susceptible to harmful toxins released from vehicles during their school years.
  • Children breathe, on average, 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults.
  • Children are closer to the ground and, therefore, closer to tailpipes.
  • The World Health Organization found that particle pollution and ground-level ozone aggravated asthma in children and contributed to an increased risk of respiratory tract infection.

2. Cut Down on Vehicle Emissions and Help the Environment

  • Emissions from cars and buses in the drop-off and pick-up lines at schools can diminish the quality of air on school campuses.
  • An EPA study revealed that one hour of idling can burn a whole gallon of fuel and release almost 20 pounds of carbon into the atmosphere.
  • UPS delivery routes are designed to minimize left turns, which require vehicles to wait at an intersection for traffic to clear before making the turn.  In fact, since implementing route-planning software in 2004 to minimize left turns, UPS has lowered CO2 emissions by 100,000 metric tons.  This is equivalent to taking 5,300 passenger cars off the road for an entire year.

3. Reduce Fuel Consumption and Optimize Vehicle Performance

  • UPS drivers adhere to a no-idling policy to help reduce fuel consumption and harmful emissions.  UPS has cut the amount of time delivery vehicles idle by 24 minutes per driver per day – a fuel savings of $188 per driver in one year.
  • Idling for 30 seconds uses more fuel than restarting your engine, and idling for 10 minutes a day wastes an average of 24.6 gallons of gas per year.
  • Reducing or avoiding idling optimizes performance as well as extends vehicle life.

Thanks to grants totaling $350,000 from The UPS Foundation, Earth Day Network and The Clean Air Campaign have launched a national program to reduce harmful emissions by minimizing vehicle idling at school pick-up and drop-drop off lines.  The "No-Idling Campaign" aims to reduce vehicle emissions to promote healthy lung development in school students, protect the environment, and save fuel.

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