Ten Car Emission Facts

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Maintenance and upkeep on your car can help reduce its emissions. (Photo Credit: LEX VAN LIESHOUT/AFP/Getty Images)
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It’s a fact: warmer weather helps create more gasoline vapors. Those vapors escape from the confines of your car's gas tank and engine. (Photo Credit: BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Even when you've turned the car off after driving, your hot engine still continues to emit gas vapors as it cools down. (Photo Credit: BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
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VOCs ( or volatile organic compounds), also known as hydrocarbons, cause an ozone layer to form on the ground. (Photo Credit: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
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Carbon monoxide (CO), a serious and even detrimental byproduct of modern combustion engine exhaust, can interfere with proper levels of oxygen flowing through your bloodstream. (Photo Credit: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Carbon dioxide (CO2) which  is a greenhouse gas, is thought by the EPA to contribute to global warming.  (Photo Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Carbon dioxide (CO2) which is a greenhouse gas, is thought by the EPA to contribute to global warming. Carbon dioxide (CO2) which is a greenhouse gas, is thought by the EPA to contribute to global warming. (Photo Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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One way to reduce your car’s emissions is to monitor your car's OBD computer and investigate thoroughly if it causes your "check engine" light to come on. (Photo Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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Another way to reduce your car’s emissions, drive your car as infrequently as possible. If you can walk or bike to that location, consider doing so! (Photo Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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If you can, only use air conditioning and heat when it's absolutely necessary. (Photo Credit: BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
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If your car will be idle for longer than 30 seconds, then consider shutting your engine off. (Photo Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
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Experts state that shutting your engine off and restarting it bears a lower emissions cost than allowing it to sit idle; you also save on gas. (Photo Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
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Did you know that even when your car's not running, it's still emitting harmful gases into the environment? (Photo Credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
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