Roundabout has learning curve

University roundabouts provide drivers with an efficient and speedy way to get around but also provide challenges for the newer drivers. Here’s how to navigate them.

  1. Make sure you are in the correct lane when approaching the roundabout. You should not change lanes while in a roundabout, so be sure you are on the correct side if you plan on turning.
  2. Check your speed and make sure you are slowing down to the speed limit, as most roundabouts have a speed limit of 15-20 MPH.
  3. Pedestrians always have the right of way, so double check for them before you cross into the middle of the roundabout.
  4. Look to your left. If there are cars coming toward you, yield at the yield sign until they pass. If the roundabout is empty, continue to the right in the correct lane.
  5. Always keep in mind that even though you might be doing the right thing, there is always room for error, so take caution.
  6. Take the correct exit. Congrats! You can now drive in roundabouts!

 

Fun Tips from the Iowa DOT

  1. Always use your turn signal, especially when exiting.
  2. In the case of an emergency vehicle, exit the roundabout and pull over outside of the circle, if possible.
  3. Avoid crossing through the center, and always go around if possible.
  4. Refrain from changing lanes in the roundabout.
  5. Drive consistently and with a safe speed to control the flow of traffic.
  6. Always be alert.

 

Did you know?

Due to roundabouts not needing electricity for traffic lights or signals or constant maintenance,

one roundabout can save up to $5,000 a year.

The average stoplight costs around $250,000-$500,000 to install, and an extra $8,000 in annual costs!!

 

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