Skip to comments.The case for almost never turning left while driving
Posted on 04/09/2014 7:17:10 PM PDT by Borges
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer
Please remember that quote as I propose what will appear outlandish a ban on left turns on heavily-trafficked roads. Making left-hand turns is as American as apple pie. But remember, we once accepted slavery and the beating of wives and children. Theres no doubt were doing things today that future generations will find abhorrent. Heres why turning left on crowded streets is one of them:
Left turns are unsafe for everyone.
Federal data have shown that 53.1 percent of crossing-path crashes involve left turns, but only 5.7 percent involve right turns. Thats almost 10 times as many crashes involving left turns as right. A study by New York Citys transportation planners concluded that left-hand turns were three times as likely to cause a deadly crash involving a pedestrian as right-hand turns. And 36 percent of fatal accidents involving a motorcycle involve a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.
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Here’s an even easier safety idea. Years ago I asked Greyhound what results they’d had from runnig their bus headlights in daytime. They reported an eleven percent drop in accidents ( mostly cars running Into them). You’d think a great big bus would be plenty visible in the day without lights But results are results. It was a nationwide test and they’ve kept their lights on ever since. FYI.
Must love the big easy.
People often expect buses not to move, and they do stand still a large amount of the time.
Sounds like a good topic for a Constitutional Amendment, to be pursued at a Convention of States.
“All Turns Shall be made to the Right. Congress Shall Make No Law that goes to the Left.”
So when I am on a motorcycle-—
How to get THEM to not turn left?
That must be in New Jersey.
End presidential motorcades,too. They kill cops on motorcycles.
And three rights make a left. 3 X 1/3 = 1, ∴ the same number of pedestrians get it, either way.
Turning left into oncoming traffic, at times blocked by someone turning left traveling in the opposite direction, raises your odds of having an accident?
Last week's thread on UPS's right-turn-only policy.
About 10 years ago I looked into a Fed Ex contractor deal. Every day when you pick up the packages their computer puts out a route to deliver them all with no left turns.
Left turns are unsafe because all it takes to get a license in the US is the ability to fog a mirror. i.e. left turns are unsafe for the drivers that should not be behind the wheel of a car in the first place.
For the rest of us, they are, like most driving, an acceptable risk.
I’ve taken the training and have a lot of motorcycle miles under me. It is clear that not everyone can ride a motorcycle. It’s clear to most people actually. What is not as clear is that there are plenty of car drivers that are ALWAYS an accident waiting to happen. I just shake my head at fairly late model cars that have body damage on all four corners...
You can drive on the left as in the Virgin Islands, Ireland, the UK, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Of course you’d need to retool vehicles to have RH steering wheel.
Federal data have shown that 53.1 percent of crossing-path crashes involve left turns, but only 5.7 percent involve right turns.
This thread is so for you.
And 36 percent of fatal accidents involving a motorcycle involve a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle
Many parallel roads track next to highways. And there are feeder roads that run parallel before turning left onto the main highway. A person coming off a major highway must merge with the feeder road, but if there is a turn-off from the feeder that the exiting vehicle wants to take ... bingo bango if not paying close attention.
...if not paying close attention.
I never, ever, turn to the left . . . for any reason.
If your number is up, that's it.
I see so many twilight commuters drive ordinary cars with lights off well after sunset, and add to this the ones who text while driving, and well....
I’ve gotten used to DRL’s. Great safety feature. I’ve never felt the need to disable mine.
In my neighborhood there is an intersection where there is a left turn lane and you go on the green arrow or later turn on your own with the green light.
I guess there was to many accidents. So now you can only make a left turn on the green arrow.
New Jersey jug-handles to the rescue!
Or we just want to see you get hit. Never attribute to stupidity what can be explained by the pure human nature of wanting to see cars crash into each other.
Dunno, I watched the FedEx truck hook a left onto my road this morning
i want to get rid of leftists, not left turns.
F U Nanny State
why not actually jail’drunk drivers who cause accidents? why not plea bargain away driving violations from fleeing criminals?
they can cut down on this crap by enforcing existing laws.
Don’t worry. When the environmentalists do their study showing that NJ style jug handles consume x% more fuel due to all the extra driving, this idiocy will never go anywhere. It’ll be idiots fighting idiots.
A lot of those places also have Roundabouts.
I confess that when I see it happen, the first thing I think of is, “are they doing it on purpose, hoping to set up a wreck?”
The left is just plain bad news, in every way.
Code of the Teamsters?