When driving or riding in a vehicle, we usually take regular precautions in ensuring that we have a safe journey in our vehicle, like wearing our seat-belts, following traffic lights and abiding by speed limits. Yet, we may be endangering ours and our family's health without knowing it.
Many of us go about our daily lives without questioning the quality of the air that we breathe. That is, until incidents force us to, such as the occasional haze or more major episodes like the SARS outbreak in 2003. In fact, the SARS outbreak led to an international obsession about air quality, especially in confined spaces and crowded conditions, and the impact on health.
A study on air quality in airplane cabins soon raised another concern – what about air quality
in car and vehicle cabins? Initial studies show disturbing results. Most vehicles provide minimal cleaning of outside air brought into the cabin and re-circulated. This means that drivers and passengers breathe in unfiltered air from exhaust fumes, road particulates and other contaminants. Many of these pollutants have been linked to serious diseases like cancer.
You may be shocked to learn that Singapore, reputed as a clean and green city, fails to meet the air pollution standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of PM 2.5 (refering to particulate matters less than 2.5 microns). The pollution is especially high in the city centre, on highways and in high traffic areas, where many people spend a significant amount of time on the roads.
This website was developed as a public education effort to help you learn about the air quality in your car cabin. You can also use our convenient online tool to assess the level of air quality in your car cabin and receive recommendations on how to improve it. We hope you will find this website useful. Breathe easy and drive safely.