Growing up in a suburban area, I wasn’t exposed to the chaos atmosphere that is LA streets and traffic. Most streets I was used to drive on were calm, scenic, and straight forward in terms of rules or regulations. Ever since I have moved to the LA area, I have noticed a change in driving conditions and the overall experience of driving. One key feature that I have never seen before in my suburban driving career was a traffic circle.
When I approached the traffic circle I was somewhat confused from seeing it for the first time but went ahead as if I were a regular at it. Due to the nature of driving, I was thrown into the situation without the option of turning around and assessing the situation. Making assumptions and trying to read the signs, I had to figure out how to properly maneuver this obstacle course of a road on the spot.
It wasn’t the difficulty of the situation that was the anomaly, but the overall improvised situation I was placed in. After driving the circle quite often I tend to think if it really is a more efficient way to merge four streets together verses a simple stop light. There has to be a reason as to why Los Angeles uses these street features but I am not exactly sure why. I’ve always enjoyed driving the traffic circle but do believe it has to be more of a danger then most other intersections.