Roundabouts are changing the way we drive. In certain parts of the world, roundabouts used to be uncommon. Now, they are increasingly being used because they ease congestion, cost less to operate, reduce accidents by roughly half, and use less energy than traditional light-operated intersections. Learn how to navigate a roundabout by starting with Step 1 below.
2. Look to your left before entering the roundabout and yield to any oncoming traffic. Traffic already in the roundabout has the right-of-way. Do not enter unless a safe gap is present. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter the roundabout without yielding.
- Crosswalks are placed one or two car-lengths before the roundabout itself. Yield to any pedestrians who are in, or about to enter, the crosswalk
5. Yield only to pedestrians in the crosswalk or emergency vehicles when exiting a roundabout. Remember that drivers inside the roundabout have the right-of-way. Unless a pedestrian is crossing the crosswalk or an emergency vehicle, such as an ambulance, is entering or exiting the roundabout, proceed through the exit without stopping or slowing down.
- If an emergency vehicle is about to enter or has already entered the roundabout, do not stop in the roundabout. Instead, exit out your original destination and only then pull over.
2. Choose which lane to enter based on which direction you want to exit. In multi-lane roundabouts, which usually have three or more possible exits, the lane you choose to drive in is dictated by the kind of turn you want to make:
- Occupy the left lane if you decide to turn left, make a U-turn, or go straight.
- Occupy the right lane if you deice to turn run or go straight.
- Look for signs indicating the allowed movements for each lane. These signs are usually located above or alongside the road and/or arrows painted on the road itself.
2. Navigate the roundabout as a cyclist. If you are cycling through a roundabout, you have two options:
- Enter the roundabout as if you were a vehicle. Remain centered in your lane to be most visible and avoid being cut off by other vehicles.
- If you are uncomfortable riding your bicycle through the roundabout, exit the roadway and use the crosswalks.
- Look to your left and cross when there is a safe gap in traffic.
- Stop when you reach the splitter island.
- Look to your right and cross when there is a safe gap in traffic.