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Right turns only!

Clearwater, FL– UPS drivers are trying to save some gas by only making right turns. So, how do they do it? Tampa Bay’s 10 News reporter Dave Balut explains.

UPS is known for its brown trucks. But here’s something you may not know: the drivers of those trucks make it a point to only turn right.

It may sound strange, but after years of research, UPS discovered that when its trucks made mostly right turns they actually delivered better gas mileage.

What’s the biggest difference with right turns?

Instead of wasting gas sitting in traffic, avoiding left turns keeps trucks moving and drivers have found they make deliveries faster by going right. It’s also good news for UPS’ bottom line. By turning right, the company says it saved over 3.3 million gallons of gasoline in 2007 alone.  More from TampaBays10

The first random thought when I read this article was Clint Eastwood in “Any Which Way But Loose” saying “Right turn, Clyde”…..  I’m not an expert in such matters so maybe some of our more mechanically knowledgable readers can comment?  I always subscribed to the NASCAR “go fast, turn left” way of thinking.

Then again, maybe it’s one for the Mythbusters.  Calling Adam and Jamie!


July 1, 2008 - Posted by | trucking | , ,

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