Driving to and from work can be dangerous than you once thought. Every day, millions of people spend time in their cars commuting to and from their jobs and sitting through rush hour traffic.
Imagine waking up in the morning, getting dressed, and getting ready for work. You shuffle around your house to make sure you leave in time. You grab your car keys from the hook by the front door and you head out to your car. As you head to the office and sit through rush hour city traffic, everything seems fine. However, have you ever thought about the potential risks of such a routine every day activity?
A lot of research is being done to show that air pollution exposure while commuting and driving is a huge problem. In the past, a lot of cities have been using roadside sensors to measure these rats, however it is recently been found that levels are recorded differently, and oftentimes higher, when the particles are being measured inside of the car. A study done by researchers at Duke University, Emory University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology put devices into passenger seats of cars during morning rush hour in Atlanta. The data concluded to twice as much pollution as the roadside sensors. As well, the study found that the air inside the cars had twice as much chemicals related to oxidative stress, which is the cause of many respiratory diseases. Many people chose to commute to work in their vehicles, rather than take public transportation, whether this is due to lack of access to public transport, money, time constraints, or just personal preference. With this, cities around the globe are having more and more issues with traffic and rush hour congestion, which adds to the air pollution within populated cities. 12% of air pollution exposure within a year is experienced in during a commute.
Research done by Science Nordic shows that, globally, one’s exposure to dangerous nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from car traffic is the same inside a car as outside of a car.
Although is may seem as though metros and buses are the less safe and sanitary option, you are a very high risk of breathing in polluted air when you are sitting in our own car. This risk stems from a variety of different causes. First, when commuters are in tight traffic, they are more prone to breathe in the air coming from the exhaust of the cars both in front and next to them. This exposure to other vehicle’s fumes raising the air particle levels of NO2 inside of your own car. According to the World Health Organization, the acceptable level of exposure of benzene is set at zero. Oizom states that car drivers averagely inhale two and half times more benzene while they are inside of their cars than a cyclist would riding in the open air. Many people think that polluted air is blocked from entering the air they breathe while driving in their car. However, in such a confined space, the polluted air particle levels rise to very dangerous levels. Airbubbl has features, such as its particle fan and nanocarbon filter, that allow for one’s car to become the safe space they want it to be. By filtering and cleaning the air that the driver and passengers breathe in, our product tasks away the risk of developing pollutant related diseases and can actually help to raise life expectancy.
Stop breathing exhaust fumes, and start breathing healthy air