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Old 07-28-2014, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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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
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I don't like them either...and I'm in my forties.
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:47 PM
 
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We are getting continuous flow intersections and those are really confusing too:

Continuous Flow Intersections: Creative, low cost highway designs that reduce congestion Home
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Heck, I struggle with them! I ran into my first one south of the Tanger Outlet Mall in WI (whatever town that was - I think it was in the Dells) and then a year later, they put one in out in Hilliard, OH that drove me nuts.

I haven't seen any in Iowa, yet, but they are probably here, too.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Ghods, I struggled with them when I was in my 30's and driving in Europe.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:13 PM
 
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Well, when used as directed they are superior to 4 way stops or lights. I wish we had more of them, especially as an alternative to 4 way stops, which the average poor American driver can't seem to handle (and the problem of poor drivers is to the nth here in California).
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:29 PM
 
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Too bad there aren't any decent driving schools offering serious driving courses for old people whose reflexes and leg strength are diminished. Such a school could address changes in traffic engineering also. 55 Alive is a joke to those of us trained in law enforcement driving. I'd like a Bondurant driving school bad-butt version of 55 alive. Wouldn't that be a great vacation and a lot of fun!
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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We have had them in MA forever and they are fine AS LONG AS EVERYONE REMEMBERS THE PERSON IN THE ROTARY/ROUNDABOUT HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY.

Nothing hard about it at all.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:39 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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I'm 70 and have no problem with roundabouts or any kind of traffic situation. If your a good driver it doesn't matter how old you are.Bad driver come in all age groups.
We have here in the Sand Hills of NC, IMO the best type of roundabout. There are two lanes coming up to the circle the right lane is for exiting at the next exit, the left lane is for entering the circle. All cars coming into the circle in the left lane have to yield to those cars already in the circle. You wait until there is a break in traffic and then you enter and you can ride around all day if you feel like it.
It works great unless you get in the wrong lane, which those not paying attention often do.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:44 PM
 
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I laughingly call them circles of death. They have put the roundabouts everywhere. A few years down the road I expect most will be removed.
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