As of January 2014, Rockford police reported that there were a dozen or so minor accidents in the new roundabout at North Main and Auburn. While many people like the new intersection because they feel it moves traffic more quickly, others are not so sure. Some feel that other drivers do not know how to use a roundabout and, as a result, are more likely to cause a crash. So, how do you travel safely through a roundabout?
How to Navigate a Two-Lane Roundabout
- As you approach the roundabout, get into the appropriate lane for the action you wish to take. For a right turn, get in the right lane, to turn left, get in the left lane. If you wish to go straight, you can be in either lane.
- Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in the intersection.
- Yield to drivers who are already in the roundabout. Once you see a gap in traffic, proceed through the intersection.
- Do not enter next to a driver who is already in the roundabout.
- Stay in your lane and use your right-hand turn signal as you prepare to exit the roundabout.
- Follow the instructions listed on signs and pavement markings.
- If an emergency vehicle approaches, continue to your exit and leave the roundabout. Then, pull over to the right and allow it to pass—never stop in a roundabout.
If you are still somewhat apprehensive about driving in roundabouts, review these steps carefully and then head to the intersection during a non-peak time, when traffic is very light, and practice going through it. Then, leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.