Passport to Safe Driving - Roundabout Teen Links


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.

Teen Tips:

  • Avoid driving next to oversized vehicles in a roundabout, particularly semi trucks.
  • Slow down to enter the roundabout.
  • Enter a roundabout in a counterclockwise direction.
  • Try NOT to change lanes and follow the signs
  • Yield to other traffic in the roundabout.
  • Proceed to the appropriate exit, signal inted, and exit.


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