Roundabouts are commonplace in the UK and Europe, but it seems they’re less so in America where a recently installed roundabout caused carnage in a town in Kentucky.
If you try to remember your first driving lesson, you may recall the horror that was your first roundabout experience with cars seemingly going at random and so fast they can seem quite daunting things.
But, once you’ve got your head around them, they are almost hypnotic as become second nature for the seasoned driver.
The aerial footage or the town’s first roundabout shows a unique view that will surely have many English driving instructors and drivers reaching for the handbrake.
Watch the terrifying video below:
To us Brits it seems pretty basic. Give way to your right and all that. So it’s interesting to see what happens when this roundabout which was placed at a junction in Rowan Country, Kentucky.
It’s hard to imagine now, but they probably do seem quite confusing if they’re not commonplace in your area. After over ten years of driving it is hard to imagine.
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The video was shot by Walker Construction last year and shows cars taking the wrong exits and even going to completely wrong way around the roundabout.
In what seems to be a case of if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, the roundabout replaced a four-way junction which the townsfolk seem to believe was working fine
Walker Construction released the footage to educate people on how not to use a roundabout. And, it certainly gives some great examples of that.
A transport official recently told local news: “We’re looking at a way to reduce the severity of crashes that this intersection has a history of.”
We are sure it will do that as according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety roundabouts cut down around 38% of crashed and 90% of fatal or incapacitating crashes.
People across the pond may have to get used to them as they’re also greener as they reduce cars having to stop and start.
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Feature Image Credit: Walker Construction