If you listen to any politicians these days, they seem to be incapable of going more than 2 minutes without commenting on the veracity of “American Exceptionalism”. Today, I am going to debunk that claim.
I am currently vacationing in Sedona, AZ, part of the “Exceptional America” (and I will posit that the views, the food, and the relaxation options here are indeed superb).
To help with traffic flow, they have built roundabouts in many intersections. This keeps traffic flowing, and reduces emissions, as cars don’t have to stop and idle waiting for their turn to go.
However, “Exceptional Americans” seem to have a brain freeze when they come to one of these traffic flow control devices. Many STOP and wait until the roundabout is empty. BZZZZT you merely wait until you can merge in. Often there is no waiting.
Another thing I see is that there are tire marks where people have driven straight over the roundabout. BZZZT You merge in, go around to where you exit, signal, and exit.
I know, some of you will call this “communist tactics imported from Europe”, but the truth is, they are vastly superior to keeping traffic flowing, and reducing annoying waits at stop lights. For the love of god, learn to navigate Traffic Roundabouts.