Valparaiso Indiana now has a roundabout, and it’s clear that many people are having trouble driving in and around it. Instead of driving around the roundabout as they should, some are cutting through a nearby parking lot while others are avoiding the area altogether.
Many people in the U.S. have never encountered a roundabout, but they aren’t that difficult to maneuver – if you know what you’re doing while driving. When drivers know what to do when approaching and driving in a roundabout, it’s really much faster and more efficient than waiting for a traffic light. Hopefully roundabouts will become more popular in the United States so it won’t be such a confusing ordeal for drivers who encounter them.
I must admit I was initially intimidated by driving in the roundabout in Valparaiso Indiana since I had never encountered one before, but after discovering how simple it was to pay attention to traffic already in the roundabout and yield when necessary, it really wasn’t that big of a deal. What scares me the most are the people driving through Valparaiso Indiana who don’t know how to drive in a roundabout, and the stupid and sometimes dangerous mistakes they make.
On more than one occasion my husband and I have encountered problems with people driving in and near the roundabout in Valparaiso Indiana who didn’t know what they were doing, and they almost caused accidents. Their confusion began the moment they approached the Valparaiso Indiana circle, and instead of taking a few seconds to examine the situation, they proceeded in error.
Yield Means Caution
When approaching a roundabout you’ll notice yield signs. Traffic already moving in the roundabout is suppose to continue driving until exiting, and they are to do so without hesitation. When space allows it’s safe to enter. It’s as simple as that, but many people in Valparaiso Indiana and elsewhere in the U.S. find it too confusing. When driving toward the roundabout, commonsense goes right out the window, and they panic and make mistakes.
In Valparaiso Indiana I’ve witnessed drivers approaching the roundabout and driving into it without yielding at all. They were very fortunate they didn’t hit anyone but came very close to clipping other vehicles. I’m guessing the Valparaiso Indiana roundabout will be the site of many accidents since many people don’t seem to know what they’re doing and are in too big of a hurry to pay attention to signs.
Most roundabouts in the United States move counterclockwise. Keep this in mind when approaching and driving into a roundabout, but always look for a directional sign. If you don’t see a directional sign, pay attention to the movement of the traffic, and don’t get in too big of a hurry.
At the Valparaiso Indiana roundabout I once saw a guy driving the wrong way, and he was very lucky he didn’t hit someone head on. It was a very stupid mistake, and it was clear he hadn’t paid attention to the sign. A sign could be as large as a billboard and some people still wouldn’t bother to read it.
Once you’ve entered the circle, don’t stop for any reason – unless of course you’re about to hit someone who shouldn’t have stopped. Traffic is supposed to flow smoothly and continually, and vehicles should only stop when and if necessary before entering. Stopping is one of the biggest mistakes people make when driving in a roundabout, and it can cause a serious chain reaction crash.
At the Valparaiso Indiana roundabout I witnessed a guy stopping and motioning someone in who was supposed to yield to traffic within the circle. It’s nice to let someone go in front of you in line at the local grocery store, but not when driving in a roundabout. His kindness could have caused a very serious chain reaction accident, but he obviously didn’t realize the danger.
If I was yielding at the Valparaiso Indiana roundabout and someone thought they were being kind by letting me in, I’d refuse in no uncertain terms and motion them to continue driving. It’s never okay to stop in a roundabout, and as long as you pay attention to signs and enter with caution you’ll quickly catch on to how it works.
Once you know what you’re doing, the only thing you need to fear are those who don’t know how to drive in a roundabout. Drive defensively when approaching, entering, and exiting. You might know what you’re doing, and you can be ever so careful when driving, but you never know what someone else might do, so always proceed with caution.