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How should you safely navigate a roundabout?

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2024 | Car Accidents |

In high-traffic areas, left-hand turns tend to slow things down and create traffic snarls – and they can be dangerous. That’s led a lot of urban areas to install roundabouts in place of traditional intersections to try to keep traffic flowing.

Unfortunately, roundabouts can present another problem: Drivers aren’t always sure how to handle them. Since roundabouts are increasingly popular, it’s smart to refresh your memory on how their supposed to work. The following are some tips worth keeping in mind.

Get ready to yield

You always enter a roundabout counter-clockwise, since that keeps you to the right. As you approach a roundabout, there will be signs warning you of what is coming up, so slow down and be ready to yield the vehicles already moving through the circle, since they have the right-of-way.

Use your turn signals

Even though traffic is all going in the same direction, you still need to use your turn signals. Signal when you enter the roundabout, when you shift to a new lane (if there is more than one) and when you move to exit. This helps other drivers predict your movements and can help avoid rear-end collisions.

Do not rush

Pay careful attention to the speed limit posted in the roundabout and adhere to it. Do not try to use the center part of the roundabout as a passing lane if you encounter a slower vehicle; exercise patience instead. If you end up missing your exit for any reason, just take a deep breath and circle around again.

Roundabouts really are a good solution to certain traffic woes, but it may take you a while to get used to them. If you end up in a wreck with another driver as a result of their inexperience or distracted behavior in a roundabout, make sure you take the appropriate steps to protect your legal interests by seeking guidance right away.