What happens if you spend more time stuck in traffic
|   Monday, September 05, 2016
Specialists advise drivers to shut the windows and ventilation system while trapped in traffic to reduce exposure to pollution. Latest studies from the University of Surrey show that this can reduce exposure to air pollution by up to 76%.

Study results showed that the car's ventilation system was effective in removing coarse particles from the air but, as the concentration of these particles decreased, the number of fine particles increased. The highest levels of pollution in the car were registered when the windows were closed and the car was stopping at traffic lights and the fan was turned on.
The level of particulate suspensions was up to seven times higher for drivers than for pedestrians.

Also, experts recommend setting the fan on recirculating the air inside the car. Recirculation prevents air pollution from the outside. The concentration of pollutants that gather inside the car during traffic jams and when stopping at traffic lights, is much higher than that found in cars in motion.

In the study, researchers showed that when windows were closed, but the ventilation system was turned on, the exposure was usually greatest when the car was stationary in traffic, because the outside air is more polluted than the one inside the car. When the fan starts working, it extracts air from outside the car - leading to the accumulation of pollutants in the car.

The author of the study, Dr. Prashant Kumar of the University of Surrey, UK, showed that 25% of the drivers' exposure to harmful particles occurs at intersections. Pollution in intersections is 29 times higher than that on open roads. At intersections with traffic lights, vehicles slow, stop and accelerate when the light turns green. This increases the concentration levels of particulates. In addition, the cars move slowly, therefore drivers are exposed for longer periods of time. Pollution does not disperse, it persists and accumulates instead.

Dr Prashant Kumar of the University of Surrey said: "Whenever possible when weather conditions allow it, one of the best ways to limit the exposure is to keep the windows closed and the ventilation systems turned off and try to increase the distance between you and the car in front of you when you're stuck in traffic or waiting at traffic lights. If the fan or radiator need to be on, than the best solution would be to start the air recirculation function so that the air from the car could pass through the outlets of the ventilation system instead of allowing the outside air inside. "
The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified outdoor air pollution as being a "major environmental risk to health", showing its connection to 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide in 2012.
In 2013, the WHO showed that outdoor air pollution in cities is equally harmful and may cause cancer as well as smoking. The situation is not different in other parts of the world. In the US, exposure to particulate air suspensions is the eighth leading cause of death each year. In London, the number of deaths related to air pollution is 10 times higher than that of deaths from car accidents.
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