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More Rush Hour Pollution In Your Car Than You Think
The Importance of Location.
While these findings are certainly troubling, they are probably not something you should be losing sleep over. It is important to keep in mind that this study was conducted in a city with some of the worst traffic congestion in the United States. It stands to reason that other regions with less traffic would not be affected to the same degree. And even if you live in Atlanta, there are places with far worse pollution — the smog-filled megacities of East Asia come to mind. If you don’t need to wear a surgical mask when walking down the street, the air quality is still somewhat within a normal, acceptable range.
If you live in an urban area with a lot of traffic, there are some additional steps you can take beside reducing your driving time. Consider investing in high quality air filtration system for your home. If you are breathing cleaner air at home (especially when you sleep), it will help make up for the air pollution outside to some degree.
As more green technologies are adopted in the future, this may become less of a problem. But until then, stay on top of the latest developments and research regarding air quality, and take the practical steps mentioned above to minimize the effects of car exhaust and other forms of air pollution on your health.