UPS Right Turn Rule


Making a left turn on a 2-way street in the United States can take a while. Those few extra seconds add up for a company like UPS, which operates 96,000 trucks. Since 2001, the company has closely examined how it can become more efficient. It found that left turns waste a lot of time sitting at stop lights. It would save gas to just make right turns.

So, in 2004, the company created a navigational program that would map driving routes with just right turns. It’s not only thrifty, but environmentally fiendly. Alex Mayyasi writes for Priceconomics:

As of 2012, the right turn rule had saved around 10 million gallons of gas and reduced emissions by the equivalent of taking 5,300 cars off the road for a year.


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