Respect the Roundabout
The Roundabout Zone | Sabih Hasan (NJ), 2021 Winner
A roundabout, also known as a traffic circle, is a circular intersection with design features that promote a safe and efficient flow of traffic. The roundabout forces drivers to slow down, which helps eliminate severe types of intersection crashes such as head-on collisions, right-angle, and left-turn crashes. Roundabouts also create a safer environment for pedestrians, as they can walk on sidewalks around the perimeter and cross only one direction of traffic at a time. Crossing distances are relatively short, and driver speeds are lower than at traditional intersections.
Nothing replaces modeling good behavior. Be sure you are buckled up and make necessary adjustments before driving off with your teen.
Be patient. This can be a nerve-racking task for the teen.
Keep in mind, no teen drives the same.
Familiarize yourself first. This will help you understand the flow of that particular roundabout.
Do not stop within the roundabout to correct your teen. Let them continue to drive and guide them calmly to the exit, where you can pull over safely to discuss.
Avoid driving next to oversized vehicles in a roundabout, particularly semi trucks.
Slow down to enter the roundabout.
Enter a roundabout in a counterclockwise direction.
Try NOT to change lanes and follow the signs
Yield to other traffic in the roundabout.
Proceed to the appropriate exit, signal inted, and exit.