Turning left can be one of the most tedious little problems to have when driving and it has to do with trying to merge across two lanes of traffic instead of just one.
How many times have you found yourself on the wrong side of the street, struggling to find enough space in oncoming traffic to let you turn left? Turning left can be one of the most tedious little problems to have when driving and it has to do with trying to merge across two lanes of traffic instead of just one.
You could sit where you, waiting to turn left in frustration, or you could do what UPS truck drivers do: avoid left turns entirely.
It’s true if you follow a UPS truck long enough, you’ll realize that it never makes left turns. Why? Because at some point the company actually did enough math to figure out the absolute best way to get from one point to another and their equations told them to ditch the left turns. So, they tried it out, and it ended up saving them millions of dollars.
The vehicle routing software that UPS truck drivers use acknowledges that not only does not turning left significantly reduce the chances of an accident occurring, it also means less time spent waiting to turn left, something that wastes a lot of fuel.
The whole ‘no left turns’ policy was adopted by UPS in 2004 and their numbers have since shown just how effective it really is. According to the company, it’s used 10 million gallons less fuel, has emitted 20,000 fewer tons of carbon dioxide while helping deliver over 350,000 more packages.
If you’re hesitant to believe that eliminating left turns from your driving will help anything, the show *Mythbusters* tested it for themselves. They discovered that only turning left did, in fact, help save fuel as well as reduce carbon emissions, however, they note that only using right turns will sometimes result in a longer time spent driving. And of course, some left turns are unavoidable.
So, there it is. Use right turns to save money and the planet, use left turns to save time! Can you imagine how much we would save if the entire planet utilized the same driving practices as UPS?