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It identifies the main risk of traffic jams for health


Created: August 29, 2016
It identifies the main risk of traffic jams for health
Researchers found that the window closed and the air conditioner while in a traffic jam maximizes the impact of toxic chemicals on the health of the motorist. This was reported in the journal Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts.

The researchers discovered that high concentrations of toxic substances is provided by the fact that the air outside the car is much dirtier than inside. Included air conditioner sucks toxic compounds inside.

Furthermore, when stopping cars at a red light, they pass through the different driving cycles - idling, acceleration and speed reduction. At the same time the traffic lights accumulated other cars, throwing new toxic compounds. As a result, the air accumulated harmful substances that are very slowly collapsing.

"If possible, keep the windows closed and the air conditioner. Also, increase the distance between you and the machine that is before you, "- recommends that the study's lead author Prashant Kumar (Prashant Kumar). These measures will reduce the contact with poisonous gases by 76 percent.

Total in Europe (according to the World Health Organization) only in 2012 air pollution killed more than 400 thousand people. According to scientists, drivers, staying in traffic jams, are subject to 29 times more intense effects of pollutants than those who travel on the roads, even at low speed.

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