Americans Finally Found Out About Roundabouts And Of Course They Don't Know How To Use Them
I still can't forgive them for nixing our zesty "roundabout" in favour of the ultra-beige name "traffic circle".
It feels like the stuff of urban legends, but almost every Australian has heard the doomed tale of American roundabouts.
Legend says that they attempted to trial roundabouts in multiple locations across the US, but that they caused so many traffic incidents, the cities immediately scrapped the rollouts and returned to the standard four-way stop streets.
Now you might be thinking, "Oh, you're just exaggerating — of course Americans understand roundabouts! They're so simple, safe and efficient!" Well, to those of you who doubt the tale, I'd like to present exhibit A:
And exhibit B:
And, who could forget, exhibit C:
Now it seems that more and more Australians are clocking onto this bizarre bit of trivia — and we've got some questions for American drivers:
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So to my American friends, I ask you — do you consider roundabouts to be:
vote votesA simple, safe alternative to stop streets.
vote votesA sign of the devil.