With this initiative, they directed the Portland Bureau of Transportation to develop autonomous vehicle policies and solicit proposals from companies that would test autonomous vehicles on Portland streets by the end of the year.
We all know the 5 second rule - it's still ok to eat that cookie if you pick it up from the floor within 5 seconds. Now it's time to learn the 10 second rule, which unlike the 5 second rule, is factual and backed up by science!
Put simply the 10 second rule is this: Turn off your car when stopped for more than 10 seconds. (*Not including stop lights or during stop-and-go traffic).
Why should we turn off our cars after 10 seconds?
Idling for more than 10 seconds burns more fuel than stopping and starting your engine.
It's also hard on your car - fuel doesn't burn completely and then gums up your engine.
Idling waste gas.
Idling is polluting - we're adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and we're not evening moving!
So what can we do?
Follow the 10 second rule
If you warm up your car, follow the 30 second rule - only warm it up for 30 seconds!
Tell your friends and neighbors! (Feel free to just send them this fascinating blog post :)
Check out Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen schooling us on idling: