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How to Navigate Roundabouts

How to Navigate Roundabouts

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How to navigate roundabouts with confidence.

When I was taking driver’s education in Tacoma I don’t remember ever seeing one let alone learning how to navigate roundabouts.  Now, I see their popularity growing and more and more of us getting confused. Myself included.

I’ve pulled together some basic info that hopefully will help clear up any confusion and save you an auto insurance claim.

For me, the most notorious roundabout that I encounter is at the Crossings Shopping Center in Federal Way. It can get a bit hairy if the person(s) entering the roundabout don’t see that the entrance from 348th into the shopping center doesn’t have a stop sign. At times you get people at the stop sign closest to the rock going when they should yield. Also, the driver that sees that they don’t have a stop sign but fail to yield to those already motoring through the roundabout.

The Washington State Department of Transportation says the key things to remember are:

• Always yield to drivers in the roundabout
• Always Stay in your lane. Do Not Change lanes
• Do not stop in a roundabout
• Avoid driving next to over-sized vehicles

How to Drive in a Single-Lane Roundabout

As you approach one you will see a sign indicating a roundabout ahead and an advisory speed limit for that roundabout.

Slow as you approach and yield to pedestrians in the cross walk.

Look left and yield to traffic already in the roundabout.

Once there is a gap in traffic enter the roundabout and continue to your exit.

Use your turn signal indicating you intend to depart the roundabout at your exit.

Yield to pedestrians. Congrats; you passed the course on how to navigate roundabouts.

How to Drive in a Multi-Lane Roundabout

It’s important to identify and understand the roundabout signs as you approach. You will see two signs (1) the yellow “Roundabout Ahead” sign and (2) a black-and-white “lane choice” sign. You must choose the lane you intend to navigate before entering the roundabout.

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Choose your lane just like you would choose a multi-lane intersection.
• To go right or straight, get in the right lane.
• To go left or straight, get in the left lane.
• You can also make a U-Turn from the left lane.

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Watch for pedestrians in the cross walk.

Look left and yield to traffic already in the roundabout.

Once there is a gap in traffic enter the roundabout and continue to your exit.

Use your turn signal indicating you intend to depart the roundabout at your exit.

Yield to pedestrians.

Regardless of what kind of roundabout you’re approaching, give over-sized vehicles like buses, semi-trucks and emergency vehicles extra room to complete their turn. Never drive next to large vehicle in a roundabout.

Car Insurance & What to know if you’re in an accident in a roundabout.

• If someone is hurt call 911.
• Follow the claim instruction on the back of your car insurance card.
• If the roundabout is on a public street the police department may take a report and could issue a citation.
• If the roundabout is on private property such as a shopping center the police may only respond to make sure the drivers have exchanged insurance information.

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To see for yourself here’s a great video that highlights how to navigate the roundabout.