The city in which I live has a fair number of traffic circles.
They’ve fallen out of favor in several parts of the world. Too tough to navigate. (I did a brief stint temp-ing at the city’s transportation department. Those guys have a gigantic hard-on for traffic circles. Love ‘em. Think every intersection should be one. Scary stuff.)
For the uninitiated, this is how it works.
A friend and I were discussing some jackassery we’d witnessed in traffic circles of yore. Talk turned to our respective ways of tackling the Circle.
She stays in the outside lane. That way, she feels like she has more control of the situation, can watch for cars making a last minute dart out of the inside lane, predict, mitigate.
I am an inside lane person. The inside lane has the right of way. So no matter what, I’m in the right.
(Another friend says she just closes her eyes and goes as fast as she can to get the hell through.)
We decided the traffic circle is a fairly accurate personality test.
I play a defensive game. I make sure the rules are in my favor, and then go.
The friend takes control and assumes others will screw up and is READY.
(And the close eyes-go fast friend? Well…)
So how about you? Are you an inside lane, stay safe, wear the rules like a badge person? Or an outside lane, take charge person? What’s your deal?