A roundabout is an unsignalized circular intersection with design and traffic control features that include:
- Yield control of entering traffic;
- Channelized approaches;
- Appropriate geometric curvature to slow speeds.
These design and traffic control features result in lower speeds and reduced conflicts at intersections where roundabouts are installed. Roundabouts are considered a proven safety countermeasure by the Federal Highway Administration. More information on roundabouts is available at https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/roundabouts/index.cfm
There are 5 easy rules to remember for using a roundabout.
- Slow Down.
- Yield to anyone in the crosswalk and vehicles already in the roundabout.
- Drive in a counterclockwise direction to your exit.
- If you miss your exit, go around. If you’re in a multilane roundabout, do not change lanes in the roundabout. Exit and make a u-turn at the next appropriate intersection to return to the roundabout.
- Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists when entering and exiting the roundabout.