Fleet Safety Newsletter – June 2016

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Modern Roundabouts

June 2016

Roundabouts, traffic circles or rotaries have been used across the country for a number of years. Only in the last few years has there been national attention and direction provided on a federal level on the design and implementation of modern roundabouts. Whether you like them or not, we are going to see more of them in the future. Studies show that modern roundabouts are more efficient at moving traffic and improve overall safety performance when compared to traditional intersections.

Roundabouts REDUCE the types of crashes where people are seriously hurt or killed by 78-82% when compared to conventional stop-controlled and signalized intersections, per the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual

Education is vital to the acceptance and success of a roundabout. Navigating a roundabout is easy. But because people can be apprehensive about new things, it’s important to educate the public about roundabout use.

There are just a few simple guidelines to remember when driving through a roundabout:

  • Watch for speed limit signs indicating the adequate speed for the roundabout. Slow Down prior to entering the intersection and watch for pedestrians in the cross.
  • Yield to traffic already in the roundabout; this requires you to look left.
  • Enter the roundabout when it is clear and safe to do.
  • Stay in your lane within the roundabout and use your right-turn signal to indicate your intention to exit.
  • The special apron around the center is specifically designed to accommodate large Always assume trucks need all available space — don’t pass them!
  • Roundabouts that have more than one lane requires you to merge into the left lane if you are going more than halfway around, otherwise stay in the right lane. You must yield to both lanes of traffic.
  • Maintain an adequate following distance. Be sure to leave more room for larger vehicles when turning; don’t pass.
  • Clear the roundabout to allow emergency vehicles to pass.


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