USA ‘09 – GOING ROUND IN CIRCLES

image There are many things missing from US roads, small cars for example, but the most noticeable is probably the absence of roundabouts, so it was quite a surprise to find one in the community our villa is on.

As you can see from the picture below a roundabout is such a rarity that it requires plenty of signs to explain how to use it. Unfortunately the same does not apply to a 4-way stop junction which seems to be used when the junction is too small or too insignificant to warrant traffic lights and where in the UK we would have a roundabout. At these all-way junctions everyone is supposed to come to a complete stop and then take it in turns to go based on the order you arrived. Of course no one knows the order they arrived and so it is just a free for all.

I would like to say it is organised chaos when, in fact, it is just chaos but then visitors to the UK probably think the same about our roundabouts.

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