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Roundabouts

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A roundabout is an intersection where traffic travels around a central island in a counter- clockwise direction . Roundabouts do not have bicycle lanes, so traffic must share the road. Vehicles or bicycles entering or exiting the roundabout must yield to all traffic, including pedestrians.

When approaching a roundabout have your teen:

  • Slow down as they approach the roundabout.
  • Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the roadway.
  • Watch for signs and/or road markings that guide or prohibit certain movements.
  • Enter the roundabout (heading to the right) when there is a big enough space in traffic to merge safely.
  • Travel inacounterclockwise Do not stop or pass.
  • Signal when they change lanes or exit the roundabout.
  • If they miss their exit, continue around until they return to their exit.

For roundabout with multiple lanes, have your teen choose their entry or exit lane based on the destination as shown in the graphic. For example, to:

  • Turn right at the intersection, choose the right-hand lane and exit in the right-hand lane (Car A).
  • Go straight through the intersection, choose either lane, and exit in the lane entered (Car B).
  • Turnleft, choosetheleft lane, continue around, and exit in the lane entered (Car C).