How long do Taxis run

For how long do taxis drive?

Taxis run all night. Would it be better to leave the taxis idling or start 30 shifts a day? I hope that you can resolve a difference of opinion that I have with my colleagues from cabbies about whether it is better to let the cab run stably without switching it off in a normal 12-hour daily shifts. I argue that the vehicle should run during the shifts because it has less abrasion on the motor and all other movable parts than when switched on and off between fare.

There is a CO2 Footprint to do this, I know, and also higher petrol bills (in fact the petrol bills are minimum; I have kept the overview to do it both ways, and I would say that every times you launch a vehicle there is a big emission of emissions, so the CO2 Footprint is also minimal).

A further excuse why I choose to keep my cab going is the entire electrical system with the on-board computer scheduling display, cab radios, skylights, etc. It is a discharge of the computer system batteries when the power to the vehicle is turned off, and if you do not keep an eye on the amount of times the vehicle is turned off, the computer system will shut down if the power supply becomes too low.

When you are idle for more than 15 seconds or so, turn it off. I' d adress that by studying what that period was, and using a kinda timing device to get you to reboot the motor. A neutral -speed motor consumes kerosene and causes noxious emission. Old carburetor motors needed a lot of crude oil and batteries to get started.

This would not have worked with stop-starters. However, today's electronically controlled motors consume very little gas and pull very little out of the batteries during a regular starting, especially when the motor is hot. Testing shows that an idle motor consumes between 0.025 and 0.05 liters of gas per minutes, according to its capacity.

Every idle moment consumes enough petrol to drive about one mile. An idle time of more than 15 seconds or so consumes more than a restart of the motor. It is not primarily the differences in damper controls that make the differences you see, but the way they are installed.

The first 10 percent of the stroke - whether wired or not - can cause the damper to open 25 percent. That gives the feeling of a lot of force - but it is obviously a wrong idea, because the other 90 percent of the foot movements only account for 75 percent of the available force.

A previous on-line edition of this tale included false information about idle consumption.

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