According to a study published in the journal 'Atmospheric Environment,' four or more wheel drivers expose as much as 29 times higher to air pollution which is a serious concern. Spending about two percent of daily activity in traffic will contribute to about 25 percent of total exposure to harmful nano particles, the study said. The research was led by an Indian origin Prashant Kumar, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
Especially at traffic intersections where many cars will come close to each other, the higher level of risk for the drivers. The researchers suggested the ways to get way from the heavy air pollution. Keeping vehicle windows shut, fans off and maintaining maximum distance between your car and the car in front, can reduce the exposure to pollution.
Prashant Kumar is a senior lecturer in University of Surrey is focusing on urban air quality and environmental engineering. The researchers examined the drivers exposure to air pollution at various points of their journey and their findings are shocking.