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Sitting in traffic lights today for what seemed like forever, I noticed that drivers turning right turned quicker than drivers turning left.

Why is that? After all, itโ€™s simply a 90 degree turn one way or the other ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

HappyTravels
a month ago
What do you think of this?
TheChimp
TheChimpa month ago

I have no clue what you're talking about ๐Ÿ˜…

Surely it's all to do with the flow of traffic?

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rossruby1977
rossruby1977a month ago

Because they canโ€™t drive ? Style of drivers, was it a pair of muppets ? Image

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davidstockport
davidstockporta month ago

It's those who turn left more quickly than they turn right who are the muppets.

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rossruby1977
rossruby1977a month ago

davidstockport confused lol

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davidstockport
davidstockporta month ago

rossruby1977 It is confusing - not as confusing though as trying to explain that when drivers enter a motorway from the slip road and use the right hand indicator, they're actually turning left, Think about it; if they did actually turn right (as indicated) they'd be heading up the motorway on the wrong side.๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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rossruby1977
rossruby1977a month ago

davidstockport Iโ€™ve not really thought about it. Just stuck the gif up to be silly.

As long as I can drive thatโ€™s all that matters to me. Image

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davidstockport
davidstockporta month ago

There are several reasons. Even though both maneuvers achieve the same result the reason turning right is usually done more quickly is because those turning left usually have to do so more slowly and at a more acute angle, having to allow perhaps for the kerb. Those turning right can usually take a wider sweep (they've got the other side of road to permit this) furthermore those turning right usually have a much better view of where they're going.

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

You're over thinking it ? Turning left you only need a gap on one stream of traffic (given a normal 2 lane road ) , Turning right you need a gap on both streams of traffic .

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davidstockport
davidstockporta month ago

Golfforall This has nothing to do with gaps in the traffic, if you read again it clearly states "at traffic lights" where presumably the traffic flow of the oncoming traffic had been stopped.

Vehicles turning RIGHT use a much larger arc to turn, and so can use a higher speed. Vehicles turning left have to slow down considerably.

It's a FACT that right hand turns (on left hand drive roads) are usually at a HIGHER speed.

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

davidstockport You are still over thinking it - traffic lights are timed differently depending on the weight of traffic (often computerised ) and the time of day . The extra 0.2 of a second saved by a faster speed when taking a wider arc would be more than nullified by the extra distance travelled on said wider arc ?

An interesting conversation , but I think the poster was just unlucky , or perhaps a complicated junction that prioritises traffic turning right at certain times of the day .

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davidstockport
davidstockporta month ago

Golfforall Perhaps next time you're stopped at traffic lights at a cross roads with a reasonable amount of traffic, you will actually notice that vehicles turning right can do so much more quickly than vehicles who turn left. The lights often help by filtering those turning right but can't help those who've had to slow down considerably to take a more acute angle (no sweep) to turn left.

(50 years ago I was heavily involved in traffic flow management).๐Ÿ˜€

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

Totally to do with the flow of traffic , you must have been unlucky ? In fact the opposite is true , turning left is quicker (in the UK ) as you only have one direction of traffic to give way to at non signalled junctions (think about it ) .

In fact delivery driver's sat navs are programmed to use mainly left turns when going round housing estates etc . Stems from a massive trial carried out by Amazon in the USA 20 odd years ago when their delivery efficiency was improved by 10% -15% by taking right turns whenever possible on their rounds .

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davidstockport
davidstockporta month ago

It might be easier to use left hand turns (right hand turns in America) but it is NOT necessarily quicker. Where traffic lights are in use and no oncoming traffic to worry about overall; traffic crossing to the other side of road to turn will create a faster flow of traffic than where traffic turns to the nearside. What the OP observed was quite correct.

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Bossclaz
Bossclaza month ago

Ha ha the weird things you think about sitting in the car ha

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