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3 Roundabout Rules To Know

by John Sullivan on Sep 26, 2013

Have you got it figured out?
 
It turns out that Roundabouts have special driving rules. So, here are three tips you should know to drive safely in a modified multi-lane roundabout now open at the intersection of Southway Ave and Snake River Ave in Lewiston.

THREE SPECIAL ROUNDABOUT RULES:

1.  PICK YOUR LANE & STAY IN IT!  Pick your lane “BEFORE” you enter the roundabout.  You need to consider where you are going and then pick the correct lane. You aren’t supposed to be changing lanes within the roundabout circle. Do not merge lanes until you exit the circle.

Right Lane – pick the right lane if you are turning right or going straight ahead.

Left Lane    - pick the left lane if you are turning left or making a
U-Turn. 

2.  YIELD -  You only yield while entering or exiting the Roundabout. Yield to pedestrians and traffic already in the roundabout. Look for a gap in traffic before entering. Once you are in the circle, keep going and don't pause or stop. All traffic entering the Roundabout must yield to you after you are in the circle. Forget the "yield to your right" rule. In a Roundabout you are only yielding to your left when entering. Watch for pedestrians when exiting the circle.   

3.  SLOW DOWN!  Expect the unexpected in a Roundabout – pedestrians, inexperienced drivers, lane changers, large trucks, emergency vehicles. Reduce your speed and stay alert.

CLEAR AS MUD? Pictures are worth a thousand words so click on this link and watch the video “How Do I Drive In A Roundabout?”  by the Department of Transportation.  It’s short and quite informative.

It will all make sense as soon as you try it. Follow the basic Roundabout rules and you will discover that using the Roundabout easy in no time.    

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