Sunday, January 30, 2011

In a round-about kind of way

I try really hard not to sweat the small stuff. To let things slide. To turn a blind eye.

There is, however, one thing that bugs the hell out of me. Round-abouts. Well, actually not the round-abouts - I love them - but the way people here drive in one. I realize that they are a fairly new thing to Canadians, at least here in BC, but come on!

It is really not that hard, actually it is a much easier system than the four-way stop procedure that is still quite common around here. For those of you who have a hard time when it comes to round-about etiquette, here are a few pointers:

A round-about is really nothing more than an intersection with rounded corners. If you need to turn right, indicate right. If you are going straight, go straight without indicating. And, if you are turning left, please indicate that you are indeed planning on turning left.

Also, it is customary to give the person already in the round-about the right of way. They do not, contrary to popular opinion, have to yield to you. And one more thing - when making a left turn, you actually have do so by entering the round-about by turning right, make a loop around and then exit.

There you have it. Now you know.

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