Roundabouts are becoming more prevalent on roadways. While you may not have encountered one yet, the chances are that you will. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with how they work before you find yourself driving into one.
The Lake County Division of Transportation explains that roundabouts help keep traffic flowing. They also make roads safer. This is why they are becoming very prominent in the county. However, when drivers do not know how to use them properly, it can create issues. There are a few key things to keep in mind when using a roundabout that will help you get through it safely.
The main rule is to yield to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles already in the roundabout. You cannot just enter without paying attention. You can only enter when it is clear. You will then follow the flow of traffic until to get to the road you need. You should not have to stop to turn. The roundabout lets things flow easily from one road to the next. Do watch the crosswalk and yield to anyone in it as you exit the roundabout.
You do not want to hit a roundabout going too fast. This will make it impossible to yield and increase the chances of an accident. Slow down and move through the roundabout with care.
Follow the leader
Moving through a roundabout is just following the car in front of you. Never try to pass. Do not try to wedge yourself into traffic. Wait your turn, enter and move in the right direction. Doing this should enable you to make it through the roundabout without any issues.