Save fuel by turning left
A GREAT way to save fuel and cut emissions is in clear sight. Car companies spend billions, and various governments make all sorts of green commitments, but there is a simple solution . . . it’s a left turn.
There are too many times when you are forced to sit at a red light and wait to make a left turn, burning fuel and pumping out toxic emissions as well as adding to your total trip time.
It’s not only you, either, but also the people who are often queued behind waiting to make a similar turn or continue straight ahead.
Yet there is often no reason not to make the turn— in safety— and continue on your way.
In the US where they drive on the other side of the road, right-hand turns are permitted at many red traffic lights and it helps speed traffic flow. It’s the same in a lot of other countries.
Now, with economy and emissions at the top of many motoring hit lists, is it time to consider a change to Australia’s road rules?
Already the bureaucrats can be heard fussing about the paperwork, the police wondering about enforcement, and the road safety authorities hissing about the potential for extra collisions.
Yet safe left-hand turns happen every day at stop signs. They are a part of life.
The same drivers who can do the job at a stop sign should be able to make safe turns after also stopping at a red traffic light.
Now, with the potential to cut emissions and boost fuel economy, we are asking what you think. Should we agitate to get things moving? Is it worth the effort? Can you see the potential benefits?
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