Respecting the Roundabout FOR TEENS

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. 

Teen Tips:

  • 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.

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