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35 Responses to Roundabouts are safer than intersections

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    buddy Male 30-39
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    January 24, 2006 at 11:44 pm
    Link: Roundabouts are safer than intersections - And, they are a lot more fun too!
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    SarahColleen Female 18-29
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    January 25, 2006 at 2:23 am
    thats what SHE said
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    lolakitty72 Female 30-39
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    January 25, 2006 at 2:31 am
    Not what I`m driving
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    BigBonny Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2006 at 6:52 am
    I love that if you`re here in the UK and see one car (a rental car) going round and round and round a roundabout, they`re always American tourists, because they dont know how you use a roundabout :P
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    ajax1829 Male 30-39
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    January 25, 2006 at 6:55 am
    Roundabout?

    We`ve always had them, and we call them a rotary.

    And they suck!

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    ajax1829 Male 30-39
    206 posts
    January 25, 2006 at 6:56 am
    "Look kids! Big Ben, Parliment!"
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    Homer Jay Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2006 at 7:59 am
    All I know is that people around here have a huge problem entering and exiting roundabouts. I have had WAY more close calls (almost in an accident) in roundsabouts then at an intersection.
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    farquaadhnch Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2006 at 10:06 am
    Who the heck do these people think they are? I`m not even going into the statistical flaws with this study... let`s just say this is bs and that roundabouts for American drivers is a bad idea. That`s one reason I would refuse to drive in Europe, other than the fact that I would forget what side of the road I`m supposed to drive on...
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    Beatneck Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2006 at 10:56 am

    Colorado drivers are dumb and still haven`t figured out how to use them. I`m always in constant threat when I enter a round-a-bout. Sad thing is there`s flippin` signs before you reach them telling you what lane you need to be in to get where you need to go. So you end up with cars making lane changes while they`re driving around the dang thing.
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    flowerxxx Female 13-17
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    January 25, 2006 at 11:28 am
    roundabouts are a hell of alot easier... no waiting at trafic lights, rarely any gridlock and so what if americans are too scared to drive on britains roads because of roundabouts it means safer driving for the rest of us. :-p
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    h0ax_d3m0n Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2006 at 11:39 am
    ^i agree, plus your not gonna get someone slamming into the side of you at a roundabout are you? Ive seen the police chases!
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    flowerxxx Female 13-17
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    January 25, 2006 at 11:46 am
    see so plenty of reasons to why roundabouts are bad... so Americans... just agree with the person!! Roundabouts are better in soo many ways...:-P
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    mookie427 Male 13-17
    517 posts
    January 25, 2006 at 11:54 am
    yep...just accept it. We KNOW how to use them.
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    Jon1984 Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2006 at 12:00 pm
    I imagine roundabouts are dangerous if your not used to driving on them. I think it`s more of an accepted part of the road network here in the UK. Although you should try the magic roundabout in Swindon, 5 mini-roundabouts around a large central roundabout. The transport planners and egineers that came up with that one should be shot.

    Roundabouts are used for huge volumes of traffic in the UK, like at motorway junctions combined with under/overpasses, so I don`t see the point they make with reagrds to suitability for certain volumes. The trouble is they can be a lot more expenisve than you`d think.

    PS Farquaadhnch - most people in Europe drive on the irght, just `lil old Britain and Ireland as far as I`m aware, you can blame Napoleon for everyone else driving on the worng side.

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    ShaylaCherry Female 13-17
    37 posts
    January 25, 2006 at 1:03 pm
    Not they`re not! They put one in by my house and three people crashed into it while they were building it. O_o
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    sgar2006 Female 13-17
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    January 25, 2006 at 1:30 pm
    Roundabouts are easy! i think the problem is that you have to queue and wait your turn, and that comes naturally for us.
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    keylime1602 Female 18-29
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    January 25, 2006 at 2:08 pm
    There is one in my neighborhood and it can get a bit harry at times. The reason for this is because everybody wants to get through as fast as possible and not yield to the other traffic. I see people slowly creep out into the roundabout hoping the oncoming car will slow down and let them in or at least see them. So it`s not like roundabouts are bad, it`s just us crazy driving Americans can`t find our damn brake long enough to actually use it.
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    psychoman364 Male 18-29
    372 posts
    January 25, 2006 at 2:17 pm
    I absolutely HATE roundabouts. HATE THEM TO DEATH. I`ll take an intersection any day. Much less confusing.
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    KikiPeepers Female 30-39
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    January 25, 2006 at 3:26 pm
    On 1/25/2006 6:56:02 AM ajax1829 wrote: "Look kids! Big Ben, Parliment!"

    Hahaha that`s what I think every time I go through a traffic circle! Here that`s what they are called, not roundabouts.

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    h0ax_d3m0n Male 18-29
    2513 posts
    January 25, 2006 at 3:38 pm
    Not they`re not! They put one in by my house and three people crashed into it while they were building it. O_o

    ^^^^^

    They must have been mentally retarded! LOL, hmm theres somthing being built in the middle of that intersection, I KNOW IL JUST DRIVE THROUGH IT! lol

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    manorrd Male 30-39
    2372 posts
    January 25, 2006 at 6:24 pm
    Roundabouts rock...whatever you decide to call them.

    I`ve lived in places that deployed both.

    Roundabouts any day.

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    dramastace Female 13-17
    346 posts
    January 25, 2006 at 6:29 pm
    There is a roundabout near my other home in Utah... it makes me happy every time i go through it. However, it is a little bit confusing.
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    Sparkly Female 30-39
    240 posts
    January 25, 2006 at 7:40 pm
    I`ve never heard of them being called a "roundabout" before! Here, we call them "traffic circles".
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    aj101 Male 13-17
    567 posts
    January 25, 2006 at 11:59 pm
    haha triafic circles.

    Give me a roundabout please, i hate waiting at traffic lights.

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    Youphoric Female 18-29
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    January 26, 2006 at 10:58 am
    "roundabouts are a hell of alot easier... no waiting at trafic lights, rarely any gridlock and so what if americans are too scared to drive on britains roads because of roundabouts it means safer driving for the rest of us. :-p"

    I take it you`ve never been through a Washington DC traffic circle. There`s about 4 lights ON the cirle, lights at every road that leads into the circle, the circle is actually *two* circles, divided by a median. They are horrendously designed, and I abhor driving through them because in order to get where you need to go you have to change at least three lanes. In rush hour, these are a nightmare.

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    Sabre200000 Male 18-29
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    January 26, 2006 at 11:44 am
    There are many roads in america that are just waaaaaay to busy for roundabouts/circles/ etc...It`s normal for each american in a family (over 16) to have their own car (my imediate family alone has 5 cars and there`s only 4 of us)...so every person of age driving on say a friday evening when everyone is out and about..traffic lights are much better for this...less confusion....now in less trafficked areas..roundabouts are great :-D
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    celticzaida Female 13-17
    205 posts
    January 26, 2006 at 4:50 pm
    My dad once went around a roundabout 5 times just because he felt like it.

    I promptly got a headache.

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    look215 Male 18-29
    1084 posts
    January 26, 2006 at 9:11 pm
    "Though reduced speeds help explain roundabouts’ safety, other factors in their success are the elimination of left turns against oncoming traffic,"

    So true, I almost got into an accident last night thinking I could make it over the intersection before a car I thought was off in the distance. And then there was a car that almost smashed into me. along with 4 way stops I feel its so much safer and way less scary for me . ( btw I am a newb driver )

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    ghoster82 Male 18-29
    7 posts
    January 26, 2006 at 10:05 pm
    But think about it... No offence but alot of americans are arrogant pushy people who would make Round abouts pretty dangerous... In england we`re abit better.. we have a thing called cueing and patience... and letting people who are before you go first!! instead of forcing your way in front of cars like alot americans do... Its the same in europe!!! french are the worse!! i just guess English people are more polite
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    ghoster82 Male 18-29
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    January 26, 2006 at 10:07 pm
    --- I take it you`ve never been through a Washington DC traffic circle. There`s about 4 lights ON the cirle, lights at every road that leads into the circle, the circle is actually *two* circles, divided by a median. They are horrendously designed, and I abhor driving through them because in order to get where you need to go you have to change at least three lanes. In rush hour, these are a nightmare. ---

    Since when did roundabouts have traffic lights??? Must be there to stop americans pushing...

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    ghoster82 Male 18-29
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    January 26, 2006 at 10:09 pm
    "There are many roads in america that are just waaaaaay to busy for roundabouts/circles/ etc...It`s normal for each american in a family (over 16) to have their own car (my imediate family alone has 5 cars and there`s only 4 of us)...so every person of age driving on say a friday evening when everyone is out and about..traffic lights are much better for this...less confusion....now in less trafficked areas..roundabouts are great "

    Round abouts help release congestion because there is always a constant flow of traffic...

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    DaWeirdo Male 13-17
    637 posts
    January 26, 2006 at 10:16 pm
    I`ve never seen a real one :-O
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    Medea_B Female 18-29
    67 posts
    January 29, 2006 at 12:47 pm
    Americans may be dangerous at roundabouts due to lack of experience but i got hit by an American Tourist and what Americans would call an intersection over here in the UK so my conclusion is like over here a bad driver is a bad driver regardless of country.
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    rockerbunny Female 18-29
    173 posts
    January 30, 2006 at 5:41 pm
    There are a few roundabouts in my area, and some of those things are dangerous! When you put a roundabout with 6 different high traffic roads coming into and out of it, things get crazy.

    Otherwise, roundabouts do seem to be safer.

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    theshark350 Male 18-29
    429 posts
    February 6, 2006 at 10:01 pm
    most people cough*adults* just can`t learn a new way to do things... I`ve seen tons of people use their blinkers on a roundabout, go thru the middle, go around it four times. I just like to take the three quarter turn as fast as possible without skidding of the road.

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