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No Left Turns

Updated on October 13, 2014

For Safe Driving, Avoid Left Turns

I wasn't aware of the "make no left turns" credo that many drivers follow until a few years ago. I made a left turn at a stoplight but my timing was off; that is, I ran a red light according to the all-knowing traffic camera at the intersection.

I was steaming mad! But it was my own fault. I had a habit of trying to beat the light, going through a yellow light at left turns.

To avoid getting points on my driving record, I had to pay a big fat fee to attend a defensive driving course. This is where I learned about the no left turns deal.

No Left Turn image is in the public domain, courtesy of Ltljltlj at Wikipedia.

Companies Reconfigure Routes

No Left Turns

At the mandatory defensive driving course I took, I first heard about the practice of making no left turns. Some people and companies route their driving trips to avoid left turns for several reasons:

- Making no left turns reduces costs because drivers don't sit with their vehicles idling at intersection.

- With no waiting, drivers save time, which is money.

- They avoid getting traffic tickets like I got!

I like Defensive Driving's explanation of how to make left hand turns, right hand turns, and u-turns.

Avoiding Left Turns

"Along with altering shipping routes, companies have slowed trucks to boost gas mileage, stepped up tire-pressure checks for the same reason, combined deliveries and deployed technology to improve routes - to the point of avoiding left turns because waiting for lights or for traffic to pass can consume more fuel than driving alternate routes."

Source: USAToday

Restrict Left-Hand Turns

"Reconfiguring routes. Office Depot handles

24 million deliveries a year from

warehouses to stores or customers.

Three years ago, the retailer deployed software from a division of UPS to design routes to maximize the number of deliveries on each while minimizing time and distance, says Yalmaz Siddiqui, director of environmental affairs. One trick: restrict left-hand turns."

Source: USAToday

If You Must, Here's How to Make a Left Turn

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Are you a safe driver? Do you make left turns?

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      I didn't know about the "no left turn" thing. Like you, I'd be steaming mad at getting a ticket. But, I'm not going to avoid left turns!

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I often try to avoid making left hand turns, but I did not know this was anything other than a weird quirk I might have inherited from my grandmother who also avoided left turns. Now I won't feel so bad about it! It's a smart thing to do! I always knew that! Ha!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @marsha32: I still make left turns too if they're on my route. I don't know what reverse parallel parking is. I am horrible at regular parallel parking though! I do avoid that!

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      In my mind I can't picture getting about anywhere without making left turns. I do appreciate the lights that have a left turn signal.

      Our town is trying to implement reverse parallel parking .....I also can not picture this either.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Left turns definitely can be scary and dangerous. I often choose an alternate route to avoid making them, especially on busy streets.