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devourke
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I just realised a few minutes ago that although I've seen a lot of American TV shows and movies which involve people driving in cars and whatnot, I've not once seen a roundabout. I knew most states don't have learner plates and I thought that was weird as shit (maybe a little dangerous), but I can't believe I never noticed the lack of roundabouts in American media. Do you guys actually have no roundabouts?

For reference these are roundabouts:



ali.guitarkid7
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Haven't you ever seen a humorous montage of someone being chased around a roundabout for minutes?


You've seen nothing.
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I don't around where i live, and thank god for it. We'd be car wreck city.
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Dirge Humani
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There's a small one in front of the train station in my town.



American cities generally don't need these, since they were usually planned out and have almost all the streets laid out in a grid.
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Quote by ali.guitarkid7
Haven't you ever seen a humorous montage of someone being chased around a roundabout for minutes?


You've seen nothing.


I can't find it, but there's that scene on The Simpsons where they visit England and drive into a roundabout
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There are a ton of them in NC...
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devourke
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You give way to the left (I'm assuming you guys give way the opposite way to NZ) and people to your right give way to you. You go around the circle until your exit and then you exit and drive away. When you're only driving in urban areas, it's way more convenient than traffic lights.
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I`ve seen some, they`re usually annoying though.
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My county became obsessed with roundabouts in the last half decade or so. Now, they're everywhere. Naturally, people are pissed off and confused despite the fact that they are actually incredibly simple.

Is there someone coming at you on your left?
Yes: Don't go.
No: Go.

It's actually that easy. And just follow the lines on the lanes.

Side note, one guy was drunk and rammed straight into the hideous statue in the middle of the roundabout near our downtown.
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inb4 Americans say that roundabouts are shit/stupid and that they are superior because they don't have them.

Oh wait.
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We have them here, but not many. We tend to just stick to the classic 4-way street.
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We have them, but they are extremely uncommon.
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My town installed one about six months ago, and then removed it about three months ago. Pointless waste of ****ing tax money.
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There are virtually none in Pennsylvania, but they're all over the place in New Jersey. I think they're kind of inconvenient.
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devourke
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There are virtually none in Pennsylvania, but they're all over the place in New Jersey. I think they're kind of inconvenient.

Isn't having traffic lights at every intersection more inconvenient? That seems like such a pain in the ass.
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I only know of one that's nearby, and you have to look for the freakin' thing.
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Quote by devourke
Isn't having traffic lights at every intersection more inconvenient? That seems like such a pain in the ass.

There's generally only lights at very busy intersections, everywhere else is stop signs.
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American roads are all grid like, it's really weird to look at on google maps for someone from England.
I thought our roundabouts were bad, but in France they're even more retarded. Most ridiculous example:
Arc de Triomphe in Paris


Holy shit it is so dangerous. There aren't any lanes or anything, and the French drive like they don't want to live anyway.

Also, devourke I thought you were murican?
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Quote by devourke
You give way to the left (I'm assuming you guys give way the opposite way to NZ) and people to your right give way to you. You go around the circle until your exit and then you exit and drive away. When you're only driving in urban areas, it's way more convenient than traffic lights.

Seems confusing.

Good thing I live in America, land of the free and home of the non-confusing.
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There were a few where I used to live but I haven't seen any in Arizona.
devourke
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There's generally only lights at very busy intersections, everywhere else is stop signs.

So you just have an open intersection with four stop signs? Fuck that man, I know how many people there are that think they're too good to indicate, that shit sounds dangerous as hell.
devourke
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Quote by bradulator
Seems confusing.

Good thing I live in America, land of the free and home of the non-confusing.

Like the other dude said, if someone's coming at you, you just stay put. Anything else and it's go time.
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Also, devourke I thought you were murican?

I talk shit about how awesome America is, but no I'm actually a New Zealander.
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They did improvements to the mall where I live, and put in a roundabout. It has two lanes, though. Which apparently is confusing for everyone, as I've yet to see someone use it correctly.
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Quote by devourke
So you just have an open intersection with four stop signs? Fuck that man, I know how many people there are that think they're too good to indicate, that shit sounds dangerous as hell.

Most medium-large intersections have traffic lights, usually only small roads and residential areas have four-way stop signs.

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Arc de Triomphe in Paris
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Quote by devourke
Isn't having traffic lights at every intersection more inconvenient? That seems like such a pain in the ass.

Lots of roundabouts have traffic lights too.
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There's a few around here. For larger roads with heavy traffic, they're absolutely insane and complete deathtraps. With lighter traffic they're alright.

But for smaller roads, especially ones with heavy traffic, they're a fucking godsend. Like, they need to be at all smaller road intersections. Four-way stop signs are horrible and roundabouts render them obsolete.
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Quote by devourke
So you just have an open intersection with four stop signs? Fuck that man, I know how many people there are that think they're too good to indicate, that shit sounds dangerous as hell.


Roundabouts make sense to me (although I've never had to deal with anything like the Arc de Triomphe) but four way intersections are only dangerous because of speeding people. Other than they make as much sense.
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#37
I've seen some, just not very common around here. A town in my general area put one in ~5 years ago and I've had to drive through it recently. No one seemed to actually understand what to do and I got flipped off for doing it correctly.

Then again there is a 3 way stop at a semi-busy intersection in my town and I usually get flipped off when I'm coming from the side that doesn't have a stop sign.

Here's a diagram because I am bored.


Stop


Stop
Stop


No Stop
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Todd Hart
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#38
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They're death traps and very uncommon.


How are they death traps? You can't enter a roundabout with any force unless you're utterly incompetent, so jack-knifing someone with the kind of force at a crossroads is impossible, and everyone travels around the center at the same speed and in the same direction, so accidents have very little force behind them.

Edit: Jesus, do you have really bad driving schools in America or something? Roundabouts are the easiest thing, siriusly guyz.
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ChrisBW
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#39
There's a couple extremely busy freeway exits like 40 miles from where I live and the on ramps go straight into round abouts. Driving through that is the scariest thing I've ever done.

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devourke
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Quote by ali.guitarkid7
Lots of roundabouts have traffic lights too.

In America? Because I've only ever seen one roundabout with traffic lights in NZ, and it's less of a roundabout and more of a giant circle road.
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