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Traffic roundabouts make my head spin

Posted February 28, 2011

Or at least the people who don’t know how to drive around them do!

Traffic circles are designed to CALM traffic, but I get worked up just about every time I enter one of the relatively new ones around North Carolina State University.

I just got back to the office after making my way around three of them, and I’m still annoyed. The reason: too many drivers just STOP! What’s the deal? The signs say YIELD! That means if there isn’t any traffic coming, you GO! And even if there is traffic – usually – you can slowly merge into it.

I guess traffic circles are intimidating to many drivers. Enough that eHow actually has a step-by-step guide on how to drive through them. And Wikipedia offers a fully animated graphical lesson!  Check out the links and spread word!

But keep in mind, I’m also the first to admit that I think anyone who drives faster than me is a maniac, and anyone who drives slower is an idiot.

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