No time to idle (Phase II)

King, Samantha
Maguire, Cynthia
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No Time to Idle aims to improve air quality by reducing the amount of time vehicles idle in drive‐ through lanes. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if you idle your car for more than 10 seconds you would save money and fuel by turning the engine off and restarting (stop/start method) than if you were to leave to leave the car idling. This project’s goal is to implement signage in drivethrough lanes to educate and remind drivers to use the stop/start method. Observations will be conducted with/without signage to see if there is a change in behavior among drivers. Air quality monitors will be used to read carbon monoxide and particulate levels. We hypothesize that drivers are more likely to use the stop/start method if they are given the information that it helps save them money and is beneficial to their health and their car.

Creative Arts and Research Symposium
Air quality, Vehicle idle, School drop-off, Pollutants, Carbon monoxide, PTA