Some drivers hate roundabouts. But a circular intersection benefits drivers in many ways.
It reduces traffic congestion and lessens the types of crashes that kill or injure people by about 80 percent, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Of course, all that goes out the window if you don’t know how to drive through one. Here are a few tips on how to use a roundabout.
- As you approach the roundabout, slow down and scan for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the street.
- Keep an eye out for signs, including a recommended speed limit, a one-way sign and dashed lines that indicate the roundabout entrance.
- Yield to traffic already inside the circle. Look for cars coming from your left and do not proceed until it is safe to do so.
- Drive the recommended speed limit and use a turn signal before you exit. Turn left by traveling counterclockwise around the center island. When you reach your desired exit, turn right to exit. Remember to signal.
- Look for signs that describe your lane choices. They resemble those indicating turn lanes at traditional intersections.
- Yield to both or all lanes of traffic before entering the intersection.
- Drive in the innermost lane until you are ready to exit. Remember to signal. You may have the option to exit from several lanes, but if you must switch lanes to get out, use caution and scan for traffic to your right before moving over.
- Look for pedestrians and bicyclists as you leave the roundabout.