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Roundabout driving gets wort.lu readers in a spin
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Roundabout driving gets wort.lu readers in a spin

2 min. 30.09.2013 From our online archive
If there's one subject that gets English wort.lu readers fired up, it's driving in Luxembourg, or rather varying opinions pertaining to the driving abilities of residents and tourists alike.

If there's one subject that gets English wort.lu readers fired up, it's driving in Luxembourg, or rather varying opinions pertaining to the driving abilities of residents and tourists alike.

The past few weeks have seen a variety of Luxembourg traffic-related articles on this website ranging from road safety campaigns, roadworks, driving schools and traffic jams, to name but a few.

Readers of English wort.lu have a clever talent for 'steering' all of these subjects via comments on this website, Facebook and Twitter to one of their biggest driving gripes: roundabouts!

According to some of the comments there's a major inability in Luxembourg to negotiate roundabouts correctly (by everyone else) and blame is scattered in various directions.

Last week the article “Driving lesson prices too high in Luxembourg” was reported by wort.lu, a conclusion from economic body OFP (Observatoire de la Formation des Prix). This provoked an immediate reaction from a reader “And still they do not know how to use roundabouts”, followed by another on Facebook, “I guess that explains why they can't afford to teach students about roundabouts!”

So you can imagine the response to a new government campaign about tunnel driving when wort.lu published the article “Respect the rules when driving in a tunnel, urges new campaign”. A series of, let's face it, rather weird and camp videos has been released of men dressed in red leotards pretending to be cars in a tunnel demonstrating the right and wrong way to drive. A black leotarded policeman prances into shot to scold those naughty drivers. These videos wouldn't look out of place on a children's TV programme.

Rather than noticing the bizarreness of the campaign, the first comment was “After tunnel discipline, how about roundabout discipline.”

Above: Just one of the series of "Le Code du Tunnel" videos

But, readers are not totally roundabout-obsessed as one showed in a poignant and accusative comment although admittedly the 'nemesis' is mentioned, “At 90 in a tunnel you are the slowest vehicle. Also, no police patrolling autoroute, no idea about roundabouts, red light indiscipline, tailgating, drinking and careless pedestrians. It is a laissez faire attitude to road safety in Lux”. This is a belief shared by several regulars to the English wort.lu, mostly from foreign countries with varying road disciplines.

However, we do need to stop and remember that Luxembourg is, in fact, an ever-flowing “roundabout” of nationalities, importing just as many driving habits all occasionally irritated by other drivers that don't follow their rules. But, once behind the wheel of the Luxembourg-registered car we loose this aspect and are all perceived as Luxembourgish. Think about it.

(This article was published in Saturday's Luxemburger Wort)

What are your thoughts on roundabout driving and what do you think would be a solution for better roundabout negotiation by all drivers?