Maybe you’ve only heard of them, maybe you’ve navigated one yourself—either way, roundabouts can be confusing and dangerous for many unexpecting drivers. Though they’re still quite rare in most states, roundabouts are rising in numbers with each passing year, making it crucial that drivers know how to use one safely. Take a minute to learn the basics and understand how to properly use a roundabout before you come across one.
Single-lane roundabouts are characterized as having one curved lane with a speed limit of 15 to 20 miles per hour. Drivers will also be able to identify them by a yellow sign depicting arrows in a circular motion. When entering a roundabout, you must stop and look for other cars doing the same. Vehicles already in the roundabout will have the right of way and you’ll need to wait for them to pass before you enter the roundabout yourself. As you enter, slowly drive around the circle until you reach your desired exit. Then, indicate your turn and take the exit you need.
Multi-lane roundabouts can be a bit more difficult to maneuver around. Not only do you need to go slow until you reach your exit, but you also need to ensure that you’re in the right lane before you reach the exit. Fortunately, these roundabouts are indicated by the yellow roundabout sign and a secondary black and white line choice sign. Keeping your eyes open for these signs will help you best determine which lane you’ll need to be in to properly enter and exit the roundabout. Once again, make sure you yield to all traffic and enter immediately into the lane you need. If you’re turning right at an exit, make sure you’re in the right lane. If you want to make a left turn or a U-turn, stay in the left lane.
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