For somebeody used to right-hand traffic, getting through this roundabout would probably be just impossible.
The roundabout is quite an unusual concept in the US, so when one Reddit user decided to post a photo of one to “spook” Americans, the responses definitely came up to his expectations.
By the way, that roundabout isn’t just any roundabout. It’s the so-called “Magic Roundabout” in Swindon, UK. Why is it magic? Well, probably because it’s magic to get through it.
It has a main roundabout in the middle, with five mini-roundabouts around it. Traffic flow around the inner circle is anticlockwise, while around the five mini-roundabouts on the outer loop traffic flows in the usual clockwise manner.
Here’s a video to prove just how visually complicated it might seem to some (in reality, it’s actually relatively straightforward).
When user Mamoof posted a bird’s eye view of the roundabout to the Casual UK subreddit, people in the US were shocked.
“American here. This genuinely terrifies me,” one of them wrote.
Another simply asked: “What the bloody hell?”
“Waiting for Tesla full self-driving beta to arrive at this beast,” said a third.
Even some of the Brits in the comment section were uncomfortable with the roundabout. One top comment read: “People usually get anxious when approaching this roundabout but it’s incredibly easy to use. You simply turn right, right again and then leave Swindon.”
A second commenter wrote: “The only reason to be in Swindon, is to leave Swindon.”
“Always best to get the hell out of Swindon before dark,” a third one insisted.
And he’s probably right. Because what would you do if you saw this at night?