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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Opening Your Car Window Before Starting Your Journey May Protect Your Health

Clean Air in Your Car

Research suggests that because of unhealthy organic compounds released by car components, air quality inside vehicles could sometimes be as poor inside the car as it is outside. When a vehicle has been sitting closed up in the sun, the air quality may be even worse. Before you hit the open road, crack the windows for a minute.

Keeping windows closed when driving in heavy traffic can help reduce your exposure to car emissions. However, research indicates that the upholstery, electronic equipment, and air fresheners in your vehicle could release unhealthy compounds into the interior of your vehicle. As temperatures rise (during a sunny day, for example), levels of these materials may increase. By driving with your car windows cracked open in low-traffic areas, or by installing air filters or purifiers in your car's ventilation system, you can minimize your exposure to these materials.

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