It seems that sitting in the left lane, engine idling, waiting for oncoming traffic to clear so you can make a left-hand turn, is minutely wasteful — of time and peace of mind, for sure, but also of gas and therefore money. Not a ton of gas and money if we’re talking about just you and your Windstar, say, but immensely wasteful if we’re talking about more than 95,000 big square brown trucks delivering packages every day. And this realization — that when you operate a gigantic fleet of vehicles, tiny improvements in the efficiency of each one will translate to huge savings overall — is what led U.P.S. to limit further the number of left-hand turns its drivers make.Bravo - not only is this an effective cost cutting mechanism for them, it's an environmental coup for the rest of us.
No Lefts for UPS
We so often get used to doing things one way, that we don't think about creative alternatives. Not the case with UPS. In an attempt to become more efficient, the company instituted a new program that eliminates most of the left turns from their delivery routes. The New York Times Magazine reports: