Do wiggly road markings calm Scottish drivers?


Given that some people are angered by the redesign the obvious answer would seem to be “no”. But I know it’s more complicated than that. Roundabouts, I know, are supposed to be much safer and significantly reduce accidents. But there’s a roundabout near where I work where the cars may be less likely to hit each other, but pedestrians take their lives in their hands when trying to cross the street there.

They need this: Suspended Roundabout Over a Highway


My guess, though I’m not an roadway engineer, is that what would calm Scottish drivers, is a fifth (the laws in Scotland are different) of a gill of fine whisky.

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Do they not get snow in Scotland? Sometimes when I’m driving, a glimpse of a yellow line through the snow is the only way I can tell which side of the road I’m on. Or if I’m on the road. White lines that aren’t straight would seem to hinder that process.


Since we are headed in that direction…it’s possible after said fifth the wiggly lines are straighter than regular straight lines…


The wavy lines are designed to trick the viewer into recalling the pleasant mellowness of intoxication, without actually dulling their reflexes excessively…


Aye, of course, we did it that way on purpose? What do you think we are?


The simple fix for that is don’t cross the road at a roundabout. I believe that’s the rule here in the UK.

On the subject of roundabouts they do manage traffic pretty well. And they are maintenance free.

The downside is that some people don’t understand how they work or don’t have the confidence to use them. This leads to Mexican stand-offs where three drivers at three different entrances will be staring at each other waiting for someone to make the first move.

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Or in the US, where no one hesitates.


The simple answer would be great if they hadn’t decided to put this particular roundabout in a pedestrian-heavy area, with a small park and offices on one side and more offices, shops, and restaurants on the other.

I think roundabouts are a good idea, but with this one it’s as though city planners said, “Let’s put a roundabout in the worst possible place. And for good measure let’s put a big ol’ naked people statue right in the middle of it to distract drivers.”

From the article:

it just looks like the lines were painted by a drunken road worker.

…which leads me to wonder if the official story was concocted to cover up the simple truth that the lines were in fact painted by a drunken road worker.


The same thing was done in my hometown to Main street during the 60’s to stop kids from ‘dragging’ Main street. In our case they even made street parking difficult by putting in planters.

After 40+ years they tore it all out. Seems it made things worse…

If I come across a road like that, I assume that’s not the only problem with the road, and I lay off the gas.


When people are actually used to roundabouts, they could probably go just about anywhere. I once lived a few blocks from a roundabout that basically consisted of a slightly raised patch of pavement, painted white, less than a meter across, in the middle of an intersection that otherwise might have merited a four-way stop, but not traffic lights. Crossing the street there was no different than at a regular small intersection - or, for that matter, a big roundabout joining busy streets.

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It may actually have worked, and then the folks who vote discovered that what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander - they wanted the “kids” to slow down, but they didn’t want to slow down themselves…

Anyone driving slower than me is dawdling. Anyone driving faster than me is a dangerous maniac.

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I’m getting carsick just looking at that.

I think there should still probably be limits.

Mostly rain.