Traffic Circles: Taking Defensive Driving to a New Level

I have to take my youngest son to his last skating lesson today for hockey.  It’s a good 40 miles round trip which is tough on my gas tank.  What’s more tough on me is the traffic circle on Lee Road in Green Oaks Township, where I exit off of the freeway. 

Not for the faint of heart, the traffic circle (also known as a roundabout, which is a deceivingly friendly word that I refuse to use) defies all driving logic.  Making split second decisions, drivers are to survey the circle for oncoming traffic and yield accordingly, while following signs to their destination (of which there are several options to choose).  All the while this is going on, one has to wonder if the other drivers who are yielding for you are actually just as confused as you are and are about to dart into traffic.  It’s nerve wracking, to say the least.  I’m not sure what was wrong with the divided highway setup that’s been in place for, oh, maybe 75 years.  More importantly, who thought that this was a good idea in the first place?? 

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One thought on “Traffic Circles: Taking Defensive Driving to a New Level

  1. I hate these things too! The first time I ever saw them was more than 20 years ago in Ireland and I thought “what the heck?!” I thought they were very old-world and NEVER thought I’d see them appear back home!

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