November 28th, 2008 catnip
I have noticed a disturbing driving trend recently – people driving the wrong way around roundabouts!
I’m sure it started off by people taking a lazy shortcut when turning right at mini roundabouts when there’s no-one else about.
But I’ve seen people do this when there are other people waiting to enter the roundabout and also not just on the very small ‘mini’ roundabouts in residential areas.
I recently saw someone turn right from Wake Green Road (a B-road) into Hayfield Road in Moseley while I was waiting on College Road:
I regularly see people turning right at the roundabout where Spring Road meets Cateswell Road and Tynedale Road in Acock’s Green. I pass this roundabout on my way to and from work and I see this happen so regularly that I’m tempted to go and stand there with a video camera or ask the police to set up camp there!
A van nearly hit me recently at this roundabout. I was on Cateswell Road going straight across and he was coming down Tynedale Road indicating right. It was my right of way so I carried on going, but he decided to turn right without bothering to go round the roundabout and nearly hit me and had to break suddenly. Apart from the obvious problems of driving the wrong way round a roundabout, it mucks up the right of way. If he’d have gone right round the roundabout as he was supposed to, we both could have gone at the same time.
Bad driving habits are quickly formed, so my advice is don’t even take shortcuts on mini roundabouts when there’s no-one about, because you’ll end up doing it without thinking on a bigger, busy roundabout!