Oh My Harry, That Is a Roundabout!
By: Emma Carpenter | Tennessee & SADD National SLC Member
“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are…… It is our choices” - Professor Albus Dumbledore. Today we’ll make sure you are equipped to make the right choices when driving in these bewildering structures. Stay around as we learn the rounds of roundabouts, through a special Harry Potter edition!
First, make sure you are up to date on your muggle studies. Know what all the signs mean that could be found on a Roundabout and always execute what the signs instruct.
On a single-lane roundabout, take note of the yellow sign on the entrance of that roundabout. This will determine how fast you should go. On a multi-lane roundabout, you will see two signs. One of these is a yellow sign meaning roundabout ahead. The other is a black and white sign; this one means a lane choice ahead.
Make sure you always travel counterclockwise on a roundabout.
Remember to yield to any walking muggles, most likely known to most as pedestrians. Also, watch out for those weird broomsticks that muggles call bicycles. Pedestrians always have the right of way, because sadly, they are muggles and cannot perform apparition, to move out of the way of your vehicle.
Late on your first day working at the Ministry of Magic? Always remember no matter how much of a rush you are in, slow down when on a roundabout. Not doing this can lead to a car crash, which could make you even later. It also endangers those muggles' lives.
Be a Hufflepuff when driving on a roundabout and make sure to yield to oncoming traffic.
Try your best to avoid driving beside oversized vehicles, because, like the Knight Bus, they might have trouble seeing you. Also, if another driver is driving too fast, remember, unlike the Knight Bus you will not magically be moved out of the way.
If you’re on your way to Diagon Alley and have to make a right turn on a roundabout, always make sure you are in the right lane, and always use your blinkers!
I hope you learned something new to help keep you and others safe when driving about the roundabouts! If you are a registered SADD member, I have exciting news for you! The #DrivingSkills101 PSA Challenge is now open! Join students across the U.S as they submit their PSA Ideas for the chance to win $2,500 and have their PSA idea recreated by a professional producer and aired on T.V. across the globe! If you would like to learn more and submit a video here is the link.
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