How to drive around a roundabout safely
Have you ever driven around a roundabout? While many people haven't, they are becoming more common in many cities. It is therefore important to know what a roundabout is, and how to drive around one correctly and safely. They can be a little complicated if you haven't come across one before. If you do a lot of driving, it's likely you'll be faced with getting around a roundabout sooner or later. Being aware of how to drive around a roundabout could prevent you from making any mistakes that could cause an accident. According to our St Louis car crash lawyer, accidents on roundabouts are common, in part, because people do not understand how to drive around them in the correct manner. In this post, we will offer some tips on navigating roundabouts safely.
What is a roundabout?
A roundabout is a type of traffic intersection. There is a central island, circular in shape and all traffic moves in the same direction around this island. Traffic then exits on one of several roads leading away from the central island. A roundabout keeps traffic flowing as there are no signals and traffic doesn't stop for long, if at all, before proceeding onto the roundabout itself.
Some roundabouts only have one lane, but it's more common to have two or more lanes.
Using a roundabout correctly
As you approach the roundabout you'll see a yield sign and dashed lines. You should slow down, and assess the situation ahead. You may need to stop entirely at this point. Remember to look out for cyclists and pedestrians too.
In advance of the roundabout, ensure you are in the right lane. You will need to pick a particular lane for the exit you will be taking so pay attention to signs and road markings on your approach to the roundabout.
Wait for a gap in the traffic in your lane before entering the roundabout. Only enter a roundabout when you are sure it is safe to do so. Always proceed slowly around a roundabout and never stop. If you miss your exit, simply complete another circuit of the roundabout until you reach your exit again.
When exiting a roundabout, stay in your lane. If you do need to change lanes, ensure traffic is clear and it is safe to do so.
If there is a roundabout in your area, why not go out of your way to drive around it. Even if you come off the roundabout the same way you went onto it, it's a good experience that will reassure you that you now understand how to use a roundabout and there will be no need to worry the next time you come across one.
If you have been in a roundabout accident, you should contact a St. Louis accident lawyer and discuss your rights. Call (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.