13 February 2011

Ode to Yield

Driving down under was quite the experience, as I already mentioned.  One HUGE difference, besides driving on the wrong side of the road, was that almost every intersection was either a round-about or had a yield,or 'Give Way', sign.  Occasionally, you'd see stop lights, but only deep in the heart of a city.
I've done some math, and in total I covered a little over 4,000 km, or 2,200 miles, driving in New Zealand.  That's a LOT of time behind the wheel (on the wrong side of the road I might add).  In that time, I can remember seeing 3 stop-signs.  These people are crazy about their round-abouts! Can't say I blame them - they are so much more efficient!  Reminds me of growing up in Montana driving a 1970 VW Beetle, or Slug Bug as it's affectionately known.  I never wanted to stop because I'd lose all my momentum, and start-up took forever in that 27 horse power little bugger.  It would have been the perfect car for Down Under!

1 comment:

Nicole said...

i looove roundabouts! so much nicer than full stops.