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Old 07-21-2018, 06:11 AM
Marathon Man Marathon Man is offline
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This is exactly why the "turn left" thing is pointless and meaningless. It's a circle. There is no left and right. When you get to the point where you want to exit, you will be turning RIGHT. You will never actually be taking a left, anywhere. It is a one-way circle, around to the right (counter-clockwise), and exiting to the right. The only "left" that happens, is when you enter the circle. The circle itself will always be on the left of the lane that enters the circle.

This is one of the main reasons why the whole thing is confusing. Words matter.
Left and right refer to the direction you will be traveling out of the circle in relationship to the direction entering. Just like any other intersection. Literally, just like any other intersection. I find the roundabouts simple to understand and believe that those that don't may simply be stuck on "this is new".

Now to your question. My best understanding is - exiting has the right of way. That way, no one is forced to stop while in the circle. I assume everyone is exiting at the next exit, and never place myself next to another car.
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Old 07-21-2018, 06:15 AM
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Left and right refer to the direction you will be traveling out of the circle in relationship to the direction entering. Just like any other intersection. Literally, just like any other intersection. I find the roundabouts simple to understand and believe that those that don't may simply be stuck on "this is new".

Now to your question. My best understanding is - exiting has the right of way. That way, no one is forced to stop while in the circle. I assume everyone is exiting at the next exit, and never place myself next to another car.

I wish everyone new could get your explanation. When someone on this forum provided this explanation to me 7 years ago, it all clicked. Avoid being too literal--Imagine an intersection, and everything will make sense.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:06 AM
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I'm not presently visiting. I've BEEN a visitor. Several years ago, and a couple of years before that. Had a vacation rental each time. We're considering moving there, and have a lifestyle visit coming up in a couple of months. I've mentioned this a few times already.

I don't know what my being a visitor has to do with reading the signs. I don't know what you "thought."
I thought you were/are confused because you didn't read the signs. If you had you would not be confused.
BTW round a bouts are here to stay.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:14 AM
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:09 AM
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Some lady got into the outside lane where it was to turn right only, a solid line and only one lane to go around from where we were. She then proceeded to cross over the solid line to go around the circle. I was in the inside lane to go around the complete circle and honked. Because gee...she almost HIT ME. She had NO IDEA and proceeded to curse at me, give me the finger and tell me I was wrong for being in the inside lane. Ummm....NO. "If you intend to exit the roundabout more than halfway around, use the LEFT-HAND lane"
There was only ONE lane going around where we were. I told her to go back and look but it wouldn't matter. Clueless is clueless.
It's one thing if a person is right. I can understand being defensive, but when you are WRONG you are WRONG.
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:32 AM
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We came down for a LSV last month and this was the first time I had ever encountered roundabouts. Love them! As an earlier poster explained; Exiting to right of entry point use right lane. Going straight use either lane but I prefer left. Exiting left or U-Turn use left lane. Very efficient design to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:41 AM
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Let it rest..........
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:51 AM
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At home to survive I had to be street wise.
Down here I just need to be circle wise.
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Old 07-31-2018, 12:03 PM
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I assume everyone is exiting at the next exit, and never place myself next to another car.
We do the same thing.

You are pretty smart for a young dude!
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Old 07-31-2018, 01:11 PM
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Just today....a car in the left lane excited the circle to the right crossing in front of us at LSL on Morse. Good thing we were being cautious!!!
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