In 2004, UPS announced a new policy for its drivers…

ups-no-left-turn-smallIn 2004, UPS announced a new policy for its drivers: the right way to get to any destination was to avoid left-hand turns. 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 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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