A Lesson in Trip Planning from UPS

No Left TurnUPS delivers packages, everyone knows that. But what you may not know is that the drivers of over 95,000 trucks have plotted their routes to minimize the number of left turns they make. How many times have you sat at an intersection and waited for a few minutes while traffic passes you by? To the UPS drivers, that’s time and gas, both of which amount to money in their pockets. Why am I talking about this, you ask? We’re always looking for ways to save a little money here and there at the gas pump. I’m not saying that eliminating left turns is the way to saving tons of money or will help your children’s college fund, but it can help your car get anywhere from 3-5% better gas mileage. If UPS can shave 28.5 million miles off its delivery routes by planning ahead, maybe we can work it into our daily trips. Another tip you can learn from any kind of delivery driver is to make multiple stops on the same trip. If you need to go more than one place, make it a habit to kill multiple birds with one stone as trips back and forth to your house eat away at your gas tank.

Here’s a Mythbusters video that shows the concept and the results.

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