Roundabout etiquette can save time and troubleJOURNAL STAFF Roundabouts are becoming more common traffic controls throughout the country, replacing traditional intersections.
What exactly is a roundabout and how are we to drive in one?
A roundabout is a circular intersection where traffic flows around a center island. They’ve been proven to be safe, efficient and less costly than traditional intersections. They also reduce waiting time.
Vehicles entering the roundabout are required to yield to traffic in the circle. Upon approaching the yield sign, the driver should slow down and look for oncoming cars, pedestrians and bicycles. The driver should be prepared to stop.
The driver entering the roundabout yields to the circulating traffic, approaching from the left.
A ‘one way’ sign is mounted in the center island, guiding traffic and demonstrating to drivers to stay to the right of the island.
When approaching the street prior to the desired exit, the driver should turn on their turn signal and carefully exit, watching for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Important tips for roundabout etiquette include: when entering a roundabout, be sure to yield to all traffic already in the roundabout, despite what lane you’re entering. While circumventing a roundabout, it’s important to be in the proper lane early and to observe pavement markings and signs. While in the roundabout, never pass other vehicles. Don’t exceed the roundabout speed limit they are designed to be driven at 15-20 miles per hour.