Wednesday 19 May 2010 8.36am
I hope I will be corrected if I'm wrong, but as far as I know the rule of the road regarding roundabouts hasn't changed since I passed my driving test in nineteenhundredandfrozentodeath. Incidentally, I nearly did fail, because the bloke in front of me with the red flag stopped quickly and I very nearly hit him up the a***! I digress. That rule being: 'Give way to traffic coming from your right.' Observance of this rule can be seen on a regular basis. When aproaching a nice, big roundabout with flowers, shrubs and trees on it, motorist will stop, look to their right and, if there are vehicles aproaching, will wait until their path is clear and then proceed. (Apart from the odd idiot, that is.)
What is it then about mini roundabouts that throw some motorists, (many with deacades of driving behind them,) into a state of flux? There is a mini roundabout on the way to my local station and every morning I see the same scenario. Drivers sitting there, looking at each other as much as to say, "Who's turn is it?" On many occasions I've seen them, wait and then both proceed at the same time, almost causing a collision. The inevitable verbal warfare then follows.