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.
- 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.
- "Rules of the Roundabout" - A brief but descriptive guide on roundabouts
- "Tips for Vehicles" - Advice & practices for navigating roundabouts
- "How to Drive a Roundabout" - Tips from the Washington State DOT
- #DrivingSkills101 PSA - COMING SOON!
- #DrivingSkills101 Podcast - COMING SOON!
- "Driving with Roundabouts" from igottadrive.com
- "Roundabout Traffic" from the Wisconsin DOT
- "How Roundabouts Work" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety