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Old 06-13-2016, 07:34 AM
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It's so simple! Just watch the lines on the road. You never cross a solid white line, you only cross a dotted line when it is clear. If "they" would just post signs to that effect, then maybe not so many accidents.
However, I also do not trust the other drivers and drive defensively watching for those who won't/don't pay attention to the lanes and lines.
Ah, but the lines are part of the problem. Look at this picture of the Morse/Stillwater RAB. If you follow the broken lines, there is no reason why a driver in the outside lane cannot go 3/4 of the way around. There is also no reason someone can't enter in the outside lane, transition to the inside lane in the RAB, and exit in the outside lane. The lines are broken. It's much better to pay attention to the signs before the RAB that designate how you must proceed depending on which lane you are in entering the RAB.
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Old 06-13-2016, 09:31 PM
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I was told some time ago that the vehicle in the inside lane ( Left) has the right away at all times in a round a bout.

Is this true ?
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Old 06-14-2016, 06:22 AM
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I was told some time ago that the vehicle in the inside lane ( Left) has the right away at all times in a round a bout.

Is this true ?
I don't think you should be concerned with who has the right of way. You should be concerned with surviving.

If you are in the right lane and there is a car slightly ahead of you in the left lane, be aware that he might cut you off.

If you are in the inside lane and there is a car slightly ahead of you in the right lane, be aware that he might cut you off.

If two vehicles are driving side-by-side, the bigger vehicle has the right of way, in my opinion. If the two vehicles are the same size, the older beat-up one has the right of way, if the guy in the newer vehicle has any sense.
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Old 06-14-2016, 06:28 AM
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I don't think you should be concerned with who has the right of way. You should be concerned with surviving.

If you are in the right lane and there is a car slightly ahead of you in the left lane, be aware that he might cut you off.

If you are in the inside lane and there is a car slightly ahead of you in the right lane, be aware that he might cut you off.









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If two vehicles are driving side-by-side, the bigger vehicle has the right of way, in my opinion. If the two vehicles are the same size, the older beat-up one has the right of way, if the guy in the newer vehicle has any sense.

"Right-of-way by size"
and "right-of-way by value."

Not bad rules to go by.
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:10 AM
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Also when westbound on Stillwater and you approach Buena Vista there are two lanes. The right lane is right turn only since there is no straight street exit. That right turn will take you north on Buena Vista. The left lane is for the traffic circle and will lead you to BV southbound. I've seen almost everytime a car in the right lane not make the right turn, but will enter the traffic circle sometimes driving parallel to the car in the left lane.

Right lane Stillwater at Buena Vista add this painted arrow to road surface.



Left lane at Stillwater arrow indicated straight traffic headed into the traffic circle.

Perhaps things have changed since you were last there. The signs clearly indicate that those entering the circle in the right lane can turn left. The reason is simple there is not way a car entering the circle can go straight through. The arrows also do not prohibit someone in the right lane from turning left at that circle.
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:45 AM
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Use your turn signal when you going to exit! It's that little stick on the side of the steering wheel that goes up and down. I've driven from Santo Domingo to Route 44 and have seen one other driver use a turn signal to indicate that are going to exit.
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If you look at the roundabout brochure, it specifically states that you should “Never change lanes in a roundabout”. This means that if you are going 3/4 around, you should enter a gate in the visitors lane. The statement is written in red on the brochure. If you follow the lines that show a left hand turn, (3/4 around), you’ll see the line going into the visitors’ gate.

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Old 12-20-2017, 10:56 AM
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I always stagger vehicles and assume that when I exit right from the center lane that an outside lane vehicle may continue in the rotary even though I have the right a way. On the lighter side. I always assume nobody knows what they are doing....including myself. My neighbor chimes in with he just takes up both lanes.
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Old 12-20-2017, 01:38 PM
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If you look at the roundabout brochure, it specifically states that you should “Never change lanes in a roundabout”. This means that if you are going 3/4 around, you should enter a gate in the visitors lane. The statement is written in red on the brochure.
When traveling south on Buena Vista to enter Hillsborough Trail, you are allowed to be on the left/ inner lane to then switch to the outer lane while in the roundabout to then enter the residents gate. A Sumter County engineer who was asked if this is legal says it’s ok to switch in the roundabout if markings allow it.
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