turn-a-bouts love them? hate them?

United States
September 30, 2009 2:02pm CST
There's only one in the area near my Aunt's house and it's a small one thankfully. But that was only recently put into service in the past yr or so. It's a lil intimidating as it's the only one I know of in our area and it's not even on our drivers test! As long as it's not rush hour traffic I'm ok with it. I'd prefer a stop light personally, but I imagine since you can "blow" a light I doubt you can blow a turn-a-bout is perhaps the logic behind it being placed there? & of course it doesn't cost electiricity to run like a light would.
3 responses
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
1 Oct 09
turn abouts? are those like traffic circles? we don't have them in Texas, but I remember them in NJ and I've seen them in films of Europe... I have never driven one, well, I take that back, I remember one actually in Texas, but in a very small town, and yea, it was a bit intimidating, because you had to move over out of the outside lane and then back to it to get out of it, but I think its one of those things that you get used to... I remember we used to have "clover leafs" entrances and exits on highways and we had no problem figuring those out and using them, tho you do have to slow down to use them
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
30 Sep 09
From context,A Turn-a-bout is what some in the US would call a traffic Circle,and We in the UK might call a traffic Island or roundabout,right? They're meant to slow traffic down at a junction of 3 or more roads,as you say,without using a traffic light,but in some cases like when 4 cars arrive at a 4 way stop,you get the dilemma of who gets to go first,and the occasional ding thereafter..so long as somebody has the manners to make the required stop behind the line at their entrance to the junction without cutting off someone already making their turn, then it works just fine..when you get near misses as somebody is in the wrong lane and trying to get into the right one,or is too impatient to wait before joining,then problems arise..I hate the small ones,the mini roundabout that's like a fried egg in the road with road markings-people don't take time to negotiate them as you would a full sized one..they take it like a speed hump!
@Adelida2233 (1008)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I hate them, but mainly because other people have no idea how to stay in their lane. I'm guessing the logic behind putting them there is to get people to slow down, but I'd prefer a stop light as well. There are only a couple in my city so pretty much everyone does something ridiculous when they get near one.