Passport to Safe Driving Toolkit - Roundabouts
A roundabout, also known as a traffic circle, is a circular intersection with design features that promote a safe and efficient flow of traffic. The roundabout forces drivers to slow down, which helps eliminate severe types of intersection crashes such as head-on collisions, right-angle, and left-turn crashes. Roundabouts also create a safer environment for pedestrians, as they can walk on sidewalks around the perimeter and cross only one direction of traffic at a time. Crossing distances are relatively short, and driver speeds are lower than at traditional intersections.
Common traffic maneuvers pictured below at roundabouts include right turns, driving straight through, and left turns.
- Nothing replaces modeling good behavior. Be sure you are buckled up and make necessary adjustments before driving off with your teen.
- Be patient. This can be a nerve-racking task for the teen.
- Keep in mind, no teen drives the same.
- Familiarize yourself first. This will help you understand the flow of that particular roundabout.
- Do not stop within the roundabout to correct your teen. Let them continue to drive and guide them calmly to the exit, where you can pull over safely to discuss.
- Toolbox of resources on roundabouts
- AAMVA Model Driver’s License Manual (Roundabouts p.19)
- Learn about roundabouts and mini roundabouts
- Roundabouts explained and defined
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