Drivers should avoid turning right to save on petrol and diesel costs – ‘innovative’

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By avoiding turning through oncoming traffic, drivers could save money on petrol and diesel costs as the fuel efficiency is better. In doing this, motorists should never turn left in countries where they drive on the right and vice versa, meaning drivers in the UK are advised to avoid right hand turns.

Peter Harris, Vice President, International Sustainability at UPS, said they give their drivers specific routes to follow, helping them save fuel.

He told “Our innovative last-mile optimisation technology uses package capacity and customised mapping data to create the most efficient delivery routes for our drivers.

“The technology goes beyond minimising left turns, it supports the reduction of driver mileage by 100 million miles, fuel consumption by 10 million gallons, and emissions by 100,000 metric tonnes globally each year.”

UPS has designed their vehicle routing software to eliminate as many left-hand turns as possible, in countries with right-hand traffic.

Typically, only 10 percent of turns that UPS drivers take are left turns.

When they set out, most drivers try to find the shortest route possible, to avoid any traffic and get to their destination at the quickest rate possible.

But, UPS drivers don’t do this, instead only looking to try and avoid turning through oncoming traffic at a junction.

This reduces the chances of an accident and cuts delays by waiting for a gap in the traffic which also wastes fuel.

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UPS does make some left turns (when driving on the right hand side), but avoids unnecessary turns.

Hit TV show Mythbusters even attempted to understand how it works, by testing the technique on the streets of San Francisco.

They found that by only turning right, the journey was 1.6 miles further and nine minutes longer by turning right 23 times and only turning left once.

Despite this, the team found that they used three percent less fuel on their journey.

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