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Old 09-02-2008, 11:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
Tango Charlie
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I don't think traffic lights are considered 'idling more than briefly'; which is why it's not listed with 'fast food restaurant; stuck in traffic, train crossings'. I've always heard that two minutes is the cutoff: less that 2, let it idle. More than 2, shut 'er down. This may be an oversimplification.
The reliability of today's fuel injected/computer controlled cars make the imagined difficulty of restarting a moot point.

One little typo; "Idling engines get zero mph!", should be "..get zero mpg!"

How can we get more states (like Indiana) to consider this?
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