Understanding the rules of the road is an important way to avoid a car accident. This includes knowing what to do as you encounter various types of intersections, traffic circles, and roundabouts. The modern roundabout is being used more frequently on U.S. roadways. One study by the Federal Highway Administration found that roundabouts can increase traffic capacity by as much as 30 – 50 percent. For this reason, its popularity is likely to continue, and motorists must educate themselves in order to stay safe.
Learn the Features of Modern Roundabouts
What are the features of a modern roundabout? The following is an overview:
- A modern roundabout is a circular intersection.
- Drivers travel counterclockwise around a center island.
- There are no traffic signals or stop signs within the roundabout.
- Drivers must yield to the traffic already in the roundabout.
- Modern roundabouts can accommodate vehicles of all sizes.
- The center island is typically raised. It’s purpose is to control the direction of traffic and reduce speeds to 15 to 20 miles per hour.
- The center island also reduces the chances of a T-bone or head-on collision from occurring.
- The center island typically contains a raised section of concrete that serves as an extra lane for large vehicles.
- The modern roundabout often has triangular splitter islands that exist to slow and direct traffic as well as provide a safe spot for pedestrians.
- Pedestrians can cross one direction of traffic at a time, while stopping safely on a triangular splitter islands in between.
While it is important for you to understand modern roundabouts and the proper rules for traveling through safely, it is also important for others to understand these rules and features as well. We hope that you will help us to spread the word. We encourage you to share a link to this article with your friends and loved ones on Twitter and Facebook!