UPS has bizzare economy of scale issues
It also reduces accidents.
The reality is that waiting to make a left hand turn takes more gas than going around a block using right hand turns.
And the right hand turns decrease your risk factor as well.
Kudos to UPS for running optimization algorithms. And the fact that they add a left-hand-turn penalty is a nice conversation piece. But at no point does this article assert, as Megan's headline does, that the entire 3MG fuel savings is due to the left-hand-turn penalty.
Based on nothing more than my crumudgeonly instincts, I'd bet money that the overwhelmling majority of the savings is due to other factors. That is to say, if you re-ran the algorithm without the left-hand-turn penalty, it would still save considerably more than 1.5MG of fuel.
Only suckers wait for left hand turns. Suckers who also most likely don't carry the awesomeness to drink and drive.
My buses certainly don't wait for pedestrians to get out of the way before right hand turns
Besides his red dresses, another habit of J. Edgar Hoover was a superstistion that led him to avoid left turns. His former driver wrote a book about Hoover called "No Left Turns"
At some point as my grandmother got older she simply refused to make left hand turns anymore. She figured out how to get where she was going by making right hand turns. And Hammond, IN, was safer for it.
Wish they would run this in cities like mine that cone off streets at rush hour and won't allow you to make lefts. I think they actually make traffic worse, because it forces you to drive more to get where you're going, when making a left is the most direct way.
The blond UPS guy who does deliveries in north Seattle is hot hot hot, I tell you, hot.
9 - he may or may not be hot, but he sure is dumb. leaving my wii-wii in the driveway to get rained on? not cool. Plus, I'll bet he's making a left turn, right now.
Getting hit on the front left is also the #1 way motorcyclists get killed, either when they turn left, or cars turn left in front of their bike. Better to do a jug handle.
Bicyclists too, not that I give a damn. Smug bastards.
Cool. I wonder if Google maps and GPS systems will do this too, if it would save CO2 emissions.
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