The one I had (with about a dozen colours) didn't retract at all - you had to unscrew the top and swap refills by hand.I had one of those multi-coloured biros as a kid too.
It was a bit of a nuisance to retract the colour and select a new one every time. And it was hard to write with as the body was so fat.
Mini-roundabouts. Approach these in the same way as normal roundabouts. All vehicles MUST pass round the central markings except large vehicles which are physically incapable of doing so.
But that's the point - they're so used to cutting the corner they forget about the giving way bit. Also, drivers seem to have forgotten that a vehicle already on the roundabout (ie over its respective give-way line) trumps a vehicle still behind its give-way line, regardless of what speed it might be doing.Give way to the right and drive over the dot as long as it doesn't inconvenience others.
Isn't there a warning sign on the approach?Regarding yesterday's incident: because the mini-roundabout is at a tee junction I think the straight-through route "thinks" it's just a normal tee junction. A lump in the road would help dispel that notion.
That seems to be a common belief. Some years ago, I was subjected to a long blast on the horn from a car that seemed to think I was in the way of his passageI thought priority went to whoever was travelling fastest, even if they haven't got to the roundabout yet .
Yes: a roundabout warning-triangle sign, then a 30mph restriction complete with red tarmac and a white "30" painted on the road, then the give way triangle sign and blue-circle-with-arrows roundabout sign at the give-way line, the white road give-way triangle and give-way line itself. Streetview it from the link above.Isn't there a warning sign on the approach?
I've never driven in Germany, but was told there is a system there where you are supposed to give way to traffic from the right at a junction unless there is a yellow diamond sign before it - when you have priority. Trouble is, every junction seemed to have yellow diamonds so it ends up just like here.I actually think the US system of just having compulsory Stop lines and first to stop has right of way would be better for the way people drive these days.
I understand this is true (or used to be) in France. It sounds like a recipe for disaster to me, more concerned with giving the individual a break than the overall safety of the system.This meant that you could be hurtling down a main road and someone from a small road on the right would poodle out.
Priorité à droiteI understand this is true (or used to be) in France.
More confusion from Germany. Some traffic lights were part time. In the evening the main road had the traffic lights turned off, but the side road had flashing amber to warn you to give way.flashing amber lights
Canada (and I suspect USA): part-time lights (typically at a crossroads out in the sticks), when "off shift" flashing red means stop and give way, flashing amber (the higher priority road) means proceed with caution.More confusion from Germany. Some traffic lights were part time. In the evening the main road had the traffic lights turned off, but the side road had flashing amber to warn you to give way.