About two years ago, they put a roundabout in, just down the street from my daughter's school. Six streets run into each other at weird angles on a
hillside. The stop signs were out of control there.
It's a nice little roundabout, as roundabouts go. I spent extensive time in Europe. I'm familiar with them. They actually make a lot of sense.
But somehow, it's taken a really long time to get through to the locals how it works. Nobody knows the etiquette. They are confused by it.
Every morning, I approach the roundabout with trepidation. I've seen some stupid maneuvers.
There are the people who don't get that it's basically the same as stop sign rules, whoever gets to the stop sign first goes first. If there's a
tie, the guy on the right goes first. Once you're going -- GO!
Some of the people enter the roundabout before me, signalling left, so I sit and wait for them. But they stop when they see me sitting at the stop
sign. I'm looking at them, they're looking at me, and I'm thinking you have the right of way, take it already.
But half the time I have to
motion for them to go on and go.
Meanwhile the guy behind him is getting impatient, so when the first car finally goes, the second car tears through and almost clips a pedestrian in
Then there are the ones that must assume I'm the guy that stops during a turn, because he sees I'm signaling left, knows I have the right of way,
and still peels out just as I'm approaching him, endangering everyone, but mostly me and my kids because it's inevitably a large SUV that pulls this
trick, and my smaller American sedan will get the worst end of that particular stick.
On one memorable occasion I saw a taxi cut across the short end of the circle instead of going around in the proper direction, because he was in too
much of a hurry. It's not a huge roundabout, it's not even that large. But he couldn't drive the extra fifty feet or so. Hello, taxi driver? Did
you not see the roundabout sign
right there at eye level in plain sight? And you drive for a living? FSM preserve us.
Roundabouts just aren't that hard. Use your common sense, people! It's like a crossroads only round. Use the four way stop rules already. :bnghd:
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[edit on 27-6-2007 by MajorMalfunction]