Roundabouts are the worst thing in life. That’s obviously an incredible over-exaggeration, but I’m irate. On my way to and from work everyday, I go through two roundabouts. It’s not good. As my cousin so aptly pointed out, roundabouts are like Communism; they work in theory, but end up being slightly less practical in real life.
Somewhere along the line, someone has clearly decided that roundabouts will make things more efficient, but they really don’t, unless you live in Paris I guess. In Southern Ontario, not as effective. No one has any idea what they’re doing! I’ve seen people brake to complete stops in the middle of the roundabout to let people in. No, not a good idea. Then there are the people who drive in both lanes of the roundabout simultaneously. Also not a stellar idea. I’ve seen transport trucks go through roundabouts, which seems like an incredible risk if you ask me.
The worst, though, is the people who try to change lanes in the middle of the roundabout. I suppose that that’s something you can do in Paris when there are way more than two lanes, but it’s not a good idea when you’re trying to change lanes on top of a minivan to get to your exit that’s approximately five feet away. There are two lanes going into the roundabout, there are two lanes in the roundabout, and there are two lanes getting out of the roundabout. Get into the lane you need to be in before you get into the roundabout, stay in that lane, and then get out. Presumably, you’ll end up in the same lane, just on the other side of the roundabout. I don’t understand what’s so hard about this. That’s how you get through a regular intersection. It’s as if the very shape makes people panic to extreme heights until they’re doing dumb things and cutting off minivans. And apparently sometimes also transport trucks.
~ Hilary Lyon Axle Hatchet