Holman Parts Distribution Anti-Idling Policy
Application of Policy
The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines to eliminate the unnecessary idling of Holman Parts Distribution vehicles and other rolling stock as part of an ongoing effort to reduce fuel consumption. This policy statement is applicable to all Holman Parts employees who have been assigned or operate a Holman owned vehicle or other rolling stock powered by gasoline and, in certain instances, by diesel. The policy has been put in place to help manage Holman Parts Distribution annual budget for fuel expenditures and to protect the interests of the communities we operate within.
Why is Idling a Problem?
Idling gets 0 miles per gallon; and vehicles with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines. Idling our vehicles produces unnecessary pollution that contributes to climate change, smog and health problems, causes premature engine wear and, more fiscally important, wastes fuel and costs our organization excess in fuel fees. It is every Holman Parts Distributions employee’s responsibility to minimize fleet operating costs while reducing harmful effects to the environment.
Idling Myths and Realities
MYTH – “The engine should be warmed before driving.”
REALITY – Idling is not an effective way to warm up your vehicle. Once a vehicle is running, the best way to warm it up is to drive it. 30 seconds of warming up your vehicle, even in cold weather, is enough. Today’s vehicles are designed to be driven almost immediately.
MYTH – “Idling is necessary on cold winter days to ensure that all of the vehicle’s components are warm.”
REALITY – Many components of the vehicle – including the wheel bearings, tires and suspension system – will warm up only when the vehicle is moving. Only about 30 seconds of idling is needed to get the oil circulating through the engine.
MYTH – “Idling is really only a problem in the winter.”
REALITY – Idling is a problem year-round. A recent study revealed that, on any given day in August, Americans can idle their vehicles for a combined total of 46 million minutes per day – equivalent to one vehicle idling for 89 years. The problem is worse in winter, but there’s never a good time to waste fuel and generate greenhouse gas emissions by idling your vehicle.
MYTH – “Idling is good for your engine.”
REALITY – Excessive idling can damage your engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs and the exhaust system.
MYTH – “Shutting off and restarting your vehicle is hard on the engine and uses more gas.”
REALITY – Frequent restarting has little impact on engine components. More than 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine.