Have you ever considered your exposure to pollutants in your car? Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars, whether it’s on our way to work or during leisure time. What many of us don’t realize is that pollutants are often higher in our cars than outside on the road. In fact, did you know that the “new car smell” is actually a cocktail of chemicals?
One of the main reasons that pollutant levels are higher inside cars is because cars take in emissions from other vehicles and recirculate them. Research shows that levels of some pollutants can be 10 times higher inside vehicles than outside. Some of the chemicals include formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene- all of which are suspected carcinogens. Your in-car pollution levels depend on some of the following factors: the age of your car, driving speed, ventilation, traffic congestion, and types of vehicles in your vicinity.
So, what can you do to lower your exposure to in-car pollutants?
Here are some helpful tips:
Well, the answer is a bit complicated. And technically, it depends on where you live. For instance, in Norway (which is the world leader in electric car use), the vehicles are clean because they are mostly run on hydropower. However, electric cars in the US are still powered by dirty fossil fuels. Essentially, electric cars are being powered from the same fuel as petrol cars, but burn less of it. In general, electric cars are responsible for less greenhouse gas and other emissions that result from combustion engines.
The takeaway is that we still need to move away from fossil fuels. Electric cars are better than combustion vehicles, but additional improvements are needed for our health and health of our planet.
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