I came across this the other day, on Amanda Sevasti’s blog. A post listing a few short differences between Jozi and Cape Town drivers. One of the points that struck me:
“Traffic circles: I keep getting hooted at when I go through traffic circles. Why? Joburg drivers treat them as 4-way stops. The concept of “Yield to the right” has not trekked north yet.”
In Joburg, traffic circles are problematic. No one really actually knows how to treat them, or how to react. Many a time, I’ve had to slam on anchors, to avoid getting taken out by some mancunt who doesn’t use his peripheral vision (or his fucking mirrors) to see that I’m right fucking there, and just tries to take the second exit, from THE FUCKING INSIDE.
I was taught (by a driving school, and not that long ago either) that traffic circles are to be treated as four way stops. Fair enough. Until I had a fender bender in the traffic circle, because some other dipshit wasn’t following the rules, and THEN BLAMED IT ON ME.
In Joburg, traffic circles are problematic. More specifically, two-landed traffic circles. Two lanes of traffic, with four possible exits makes a fuckup near certain, every single fucking time. I thought the issue had been addressed, after being informed by Brent, Alistair & Amanda (on Twitter) that traffic circles mean yield to the right.
Problem solved, I thought. Until I got to my next traffic circle, and yet again. Another near-fuckup. So what do I do? Automatically assume I must be the one doing it wrong, and go out of my way to avoid all two-laned traffic circles at all costs.
After reading Amanda’s post, and the comments, I’m now even more confused than before. Apparently there are two types of traffic circles. Mini-circles and roundabouts. The first one has a sign like this:
And here’s how you’re supposed to behave when you see this sign. (ie: four way stop)
The second one has a sign like this:
And here’s how you’re supposed to behave when you see this sign. (ie: yield to the right)
But. what I’m confused about – is when you see the two of them together, like this traffic circle – not that far from my house.
In short: WTF is up with traffic circles, and HTF are you actually SUPPOSED to use two-laned traffic circles, without wearing out your brakes, or endangering your fenders?