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25. Wheels: Driving shorter distances
Wheels: Driving shorter distances
Myth: Driving fewer miles is good for the environment.

Reality: The shortest distance between two points is not always the greenest.

UPS uses a sophisticated mapping-software system that directs its drivers not to make left turns unless absolutely necessary. The trucks actually drive a bit farther each day than if they took those left turns, but spend less time idling wastefully and burning fuel while waiting to turn. -- B.D.

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