Getting behind the wheel completely alone within a week of getting a licence can be nerve-racking.
But imagine having to go round six mini-roundabouts on a giant big one?
Sounds confusing, right?
Well, Hemel Hempstead is home of the Magic Roundabout – an even more complicated version of the one in Swindon.
Also known as the Plough Roundabout, It opened in 1973 and has a river that runs through the greenspace at its centre.
I decided to go on a drive on Tuesday morning (July 6) to Hemel Hempstead and experience driving on the iconic Magic Roundabout.
I typed in my maps ‘magic roundabout’ and set off.
As I approached, the flower-like roundabout sign just looked very confusing but I had a rough idea where to go.
There were so many cars on the busy junction and everyone seemed to be rushing around care-free.
I got onto the roundabout and it just felt so wrong.
A normal roundabout navigates clockwise, but having the option to drive anticlockwise where other drivers can drive into you seemed so illegal.
I drove round to the right – forgetting that the navigation on the maps will end – and it was up to me where to go next.
So I decided to just keep going around and take any exit I wanted, so I passed two mini roundabouts and took off on the exit.
I then came back down that road to jump on the Magic Roundabout again and take a different route.
This time i went clockwise and just carried on driving round the giant.
Surprisingly, I didn’t have to stop at every mini roundabout and it was the easiest and smoothest drive ever.
One thing I think would confuse drivers is if you’re still using your sat nav on the roundabout – it could get very stressful especially during rush hour or when its extremely busy.
Overall, the experience isn’t as bad as I imagined as a new driver, just think how easy mini roundabouts are anyway, but this time in a cluster on a huge one.
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