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Old 08-03-2014, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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I just came back from 3 weeks in Ireland, driving on the left side of the road with a standard transmission (shifting with my left hand). I got quite tired of them. Once in awhile is not bad, but two or three right on top of each other got tedious. Growing up in Annapolis Maryland (where L'Enfant got the idea for DC's traffic circles), I'm used to them, though. Just had to drive in the opposite direction.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:12 AM
 
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I am 70 and I do not "struggle" while driving. Maybe when I'm 80 it will be a different story, but that will be a sign my life is over.
I haven't been able to drive since I was 48. I'm pretty sure that wasn't a sign that my life was over ... I've survived the end of my driving days by nearly a decade now.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Surely older people who struggle with driving are just a hindrance and danger to themselves and others..
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:24 AM
 
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Roundabouts are circular causeways that allow traffic to flow in a four-way intersection without stop lights or signs. This new way of managing traffic is meant to save lives, but they have some older driver's heads' spinning.

AARP runs a program that helps older drivers learn how to better navigate traffic in their golden years. They asked 200 of their volunteer driving instructors which traffic situations were considered the most challenging for their students.

Seniors struggle with roundabouts | Fox News
Roundabouts are one of the worst ideas to come out yet regarding traffic flow.
Those put in around our area have caused more accidents and deaths in the last 12 months than the previous 5 years.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:30 AM
 
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Surely older people who struggle with driving are just a hindrance and danger to themselves and others..
So are younger drivers. Yesterday we had one in a minivan just back right into us. There is no way she could have missed us if she had been looking, which she was not. We were stopped and honking at her and she STILL just backed right into us - hit my son's car on the driver's side front quarter panel as she backed out of a parking space. She hit us with her driver's side rear bumper, the entire length of the car would have been visible to even a casual glance over her shoulder.

When she got out of the car, she said, "Wow, well I wondered what somebody was honking for!" She acted like she hadn't done ANYTHING wrong - she didn't even pull up after she hit us!

What a maroon!
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:00 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Roundabouts are one of the worst ideas to come out yet regarding traffic flow.
Those put in around our area have caused more accidents and deaths in the last 12 months than the previous 5 years.
They've been working fine in Europe for decades.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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I just came back from 3 weeks in Ireland, driving on the left side of the road with a standard transmission (shifting with my left hand). I got quite tired of them. Once in awhile is not bad, but two or three right on top of each other got tedious. Growing up in Annapolis Maryland (where L'Enfant got the idea for DC's traffic circles), I'm used to them, though. Just had to drive in the opposite direction.
I much prefer roundabouts. I find stop signs annoying when I visit the US. First time I drove on roundabouts (Ireland) I didn't realize you didn't have to stop unless a car was coming or already on the roundabout. Surprised I never got rear-ended.
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