Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Circle Business

Years ago when I first started driving in Germany.....I had two worries.  One was driving at high speeds (like 90 mph) on a regular basis.  Most Americans are trained to readily accept 65 to 75 mph, and it's no big deal.  But if you get on an autobahn....90 mph is a bit different.  You need absolute concentration, and you have to pay attention to signs and cars in front of you.  I eventually got used to the idea, but I rarely if ever.....drove at 90 mph.

The second worry, which I've never gotten the traffic circle business.

Here's the thing, if you have only one circle in front of have to pay absolute attention to the options.  If you have a double-circle (like in the photo).....there better be a second person in the car.  Generally, you just won't be able to comprehend the amount of data presented in the seven seconds you have before reacting.

If you screw up?  Well....that means you have to re-enter the circle yet again.  And your stress level is maxing out by this point.

I will admit....after a while, especially in small towns where circles are part of the's a terrific device and I'd suggest to bring it into the US.  As for high speed roads? becomes a problem because you really have to know where you are going and get yourself into the right lane.  Trying to stay in the far right lane to make the third turn-out?  Well....that's illegal (by the German book).  So read up on circles and make sure you grasp the simple rules.

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