Roundabouts are circular intersections that promote safe and efficient traffic flow.
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Roundabout use in the United States is growing. Drivers may be wary of roundabouts, especially in areas where traditional intersections are most common. Find out the benefits of roundabouts and learn how to properly drive through a roundabout.

Roundabouts are Safer than Regular Intersections

Drivers are forced to slow down when approaching and going through a roundabout.
Severe Car Crashes
The most severe type of intersection crashes (right-angle, left-turn, and head-on collisions) are unlikely in a roundabout.
Roundabouts are safer for pedestrians since they are only crossing one direction of traffic at a time. Crossing distances are also shorter.
Roundabouts are shown to improve traffic flow because cars spend less time idling which leads to less pollution.

Drive Correctly Through a Roundabout

Choose the proper lane for where you want to go after the roundabout.
Slow Down and yield to any pedestrians in the crosswalk before entering and leaving the roundabout.
Wait for traffic to clear before entering the roundabout.
Follow pavement markings to stay in the correct lane as you leave the roundabout.

Roundabouts are not only a safer alternative to the traditional intersection, they also are better for pedestrians and the environment. Want to learn more about roundabouts? Check out information from the US Federal Highway Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).