Save Fuel and Time!

I was at my hair salon, Michaellyndon’s the other day, which is the perfect venue to catch up on a brief magazine read. It’s about the only time I have these days to browse through the fashion section or the editorials. Of course, I selected the Oprah Magazine and one article in particular caught my attention. It was short, sweet, informative and I immediately thought – “I need to place this on my blog so that others can be reminded as well.” Here is part of that article:

Taking a left hand turn on a busy two-way street can be maddening time suck. Minutes tick by as you sit, idling, with your blinker on. UPS drivers avoid this by taking right turns whenever possible. The company has developed a software program that maps out delivery routes using a majority of right turns – a move that last year helped save the company about 3 million gallons of fuel and shaved more than 28 million miles off their routes. UPS employees now use this trick on their off-hours and swear that it can trim at least a minute from each errand – and five errands an hour means five to ten minutes’ worth of saved time….

Now, I have purposely made right turns before using common sense and prompted by the clock telling me that I am 5 minutes late to something. The bottom line though, is that this article pointed out huge numbers of fuel and time that we could all collectively save. It was a great reminder for something so simple that many of us forget about!

So, back to my story – I kept the tip in mind, last Friday and it didnt take long before I was in a situation where I thought about the RIGHT HAND TURN article. I was on my way to meet friends for lunch at Vincent’s. Well, there is this popular light at W Gray. One car at the front wants to make a left turn and cars that are lined up behind him want to keep straight. Everyone starts jetting around the guy and that in turn slows the right lane down. Of course, this scenario happens on hundreds of streets around Houston, everyday.

Long story short, I made my right turn, kept the traffic flowing and did not have to sit through 3 more lights before, I myself could turn. I was happy to be part of the traffic solution.

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