Intersections where traffic is forced to go around a circle are called round-abouts and a survey finds Nebraska semi-truck drivers don’t like them. Nancy Harris, with the Nebraska Trucking Association, says 71-percent of truckers who responded to the survey said they hate the round-abouts.
Harris says many truckers feel they’re making a mistake if they are forced to put some of their wheels on the center portion of the round-about and they are uncomfortable putting their trailer off-balance. Plus, in order to go left at an intersection, you have to go right and circle around.
She says 80-percent of truck drivers say round-abouts cause drivers who are unfamiliar with them to freeze. “People who haven’t experienced a round-about before tend to get confused and they slow down even more and they tend to make mistakes,” Harris says. “You need to be super-alert going through there because people will stop in mid-round-about and that’s a scary event if you’ve got a truck behind you because the trucker doesn’t want to hit you.”
Harris says her association is sharing the survey results with the Nebraska Department of Roads. The D-O-R feels round-abouts are successful in improving highway safety which Harris says is likely true because people have to slow down to negotiate them. Truckers aren’t happy with them though because they’re not big enough to accommodate a 53-foot trailer and trucks apparently weren’t considered when round-abouts were engineered.
She says suggestions in the round-about survey were evenly divided between “take them out” or “make them bigger.”
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton