How do you drive a roundabout?
There are a few key points to remember when driving a roundabout:
- Yield to other drivers within the roundabout. For multilane RBTs, you must yield to BOTH lanes of circulating traffic
- Do not change lanes or pass others.
- Do not stop within the roundabout.
- Avoid driving next to large trucks.
- Use your turn signal before exiting the roundabout.
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- SLOW DOWN when approaching a roundabout.
- SELECT the correct lane. For multi-lane roundabouts, stay left if you intend to make a left or u-turn.
- WATCH for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
- WATCH for bicyclists and allow them to merge into the entry lane.
- YIELD to traffic already in the roundabout.
- MERGE into the traffic flow when it is safe.
- DO NOT STOP in the roundabout except to avoid a collision. Continue through the roundabout until you reach your exit.
- DO NOT PASS other vehicles. Maintain a slow speed through the roundabout.
- EXIT the roundabout immediately if an emergency vehicle approaches, and then pull over.
- YIELD to pedestrians and bicyclists when exiting the roundabout.
- ALWAYS USE CROSSWALKS. Cross only at crosswalks, and always stay on the designated walkways.
- NEVER cross to the central island.
- USE PEDESTRIAN REFUGE in the splitter island. It allows you to cross the roundabout one approach at a time and check for approaching traffic.
- BE SAFE. Only cross when drivers see you and stop for you, or wait until there is an adequate gap.
- RIDE LIKE A CAR. If you are comfortable riding in traffic, follow the same rules as vehicles and yield when entering the roundabout.
- WALK LIKE A PEDESTRIAN. If you are uncomfortable riding in traffic, walk you bicycle as a pedestrian on the sidewalk and in the crosswalks.