VIDEO: How to Use a Roundabout

A number of states — North Carolina, Arkansas, Texas, Oregon, and Washington among them — have begun the process of adding more roundabouts. By slowing traffic speeds and reducing conflict points, roundabouts offer a safer alternative to traditional intersections that use traffic signals or stop signs.

But some drivers still find roundabouts confusing because they’re not used to driving through them.

Here are some tips provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation:

  • Slow down as you approach the roundabout.
  • Use the guide signs and lane designation markers to choose the appropriate lane for the intended destination.
  • Look for pedestrians and bicyclists as you approach the crosswalk. Yield to those intending to cross.
  • Slow down as you approach the yield sign. Look to the left to see if other vehicles are traveling within the roundabout.
  • Once there is an adequate gap in traffic, enter the roundabout. Do not stop or change lanes once in the roundabout.
  • As you approach the intended destination, signal your intent to exit. Look for pedestrians and bicyclists as you exit.

What Not to Do in a Roundabout:

  • Do not stop inside a roundabout.
  • Do not change lanes while in a roundabout.
  • Do not pass another vehicle.

To watch a video on the subject from the Michigan Department of Transportation, click on the photo or link below the headline.