United Parcel Service Inc. became the largest package delivery company in the entire world. Its logistics efforts are so extensive that the organization is able to deliver more than 15 million packages each day to more than 7.9 million clients. The UPS activity covers more than 220 countries around the world. However, its logistics endeavors are not the only ones that maintain the company at the top. Drivers also have an ace of their own up their sleeve. It seems that UPS trucks almost never turn left.
By avoiding the left turns, UPS drivers are actually saving up a lot of financial resources. By following this guideline religiously, except when there is no other way, UPS saves millions of gallons of fuel each year. As a consequence, the company contributes to a better environment, as it avoids the same quantity of emissions that would have resulted from 20,000 personal cars.
This strategy is not a result of the latest technology. On the contrary, UPS trucks used to turn left whenever possible before the eta of computers and GPS ever started. In today’s world, this guideline is streamlined with the use of software that calculates the most efficient route for all trucks.
When it comes to U.S., drivers who turn left are generally exposing themselves to higher safety risks and economic inefficiency. The author of the book “Traffic: Why we drive the way we do,” Tom Vanderbilt, managed to explain this strategy. Whenever a car wants to turn left, it has to pay attention to a flow of oncoming vehicles from the opposite direction. By waiting for clearance, the car can put several others on hold behind it which can add up to 45 seconds for the waiting time of the others. Moreover, a lack of attention can lead to an accident.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Association has even released a report regarding the factors that generate accidents in intersections. It is actually responsible for 22.2% of crashes whereas right turns have caused only 1.2% of traffic accidents. Another report created by the transportation planners in New York City found that pedestrians are three times more likely to be injured by cars that turned left than the vehicles which turned right. As for the fuel waste, this occurs when vehicles are on standby for long periods of time.
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