UPS Trucks Never Turn Left


Sun, Apr 6th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Well, almost never, unless it absolutely can't be avoided. Reportedly, however, UPS discovered it could save a significant amount of fuel and reduce emissions simply by having its trucks opt for making right turns whenever possible. In the video above, Mythbusters confirms that this actually works.

UPS engineers found that left-hand turns were a major drag on efficiency. Turning against traffic resulted in long waits in left-hand turn lanes that wasted time and fuel, and it also led to a disproportionate number of accidents. By mapping out routes that involved "a series of right-hand loops," UPS improved profits and safety while touting their catchy, environmentally friendly policy. As of 2012, the right turn rule combined with other improvements -- for the wow factor, UPS doesn't separate them out -- saved around 10 million gallons of gas and reduced emissions by the equivalent of taking 5,300 cars of the road for a year.



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