An estimated 25% of all U.S. traffic fatalities occur at intersections. Roundabouts are one of the solutions that can help curb such collisions.
In fact, research shows that signalized intersections converted to roundabouts have seen injury accidents reduced by as much as 80%, and overall collisions by 50%.
The bottom line is that roundabouts are safer, more fuel efficient, and improve traffic flow as compared with traditional intersections.
So, why not remind your drivers about the importance of roundabouts and how to safely navigate them? Experts offer the following tips:
Look for Pedestrians
Before entering a roundabout, always check for pedestrians and bicyclists. They are sometimes difficult to spot, so make the extra effort to be on the lookout.
Watch for Signage
Sometimes you will see a sign alerting you to yield. Make sure to stay alert for instructions, as either you or the ongoing traffic is expected to yield.
Typically, cars entering a roundabout are expected to yield to those already circulating. Also, bear in mind that roundabouts run counter-clockwise
Keep the Right Pace
One in the roundabout, remember that the idea is to slow down. Most roundabouts require 15-35 mph. The goal of a roundabout is to keep everyone at a slow speed, which reduces the severity of a crash should it occur.