How do I drive a roundabout? Is it safe?
Some residents have never driven on a roundabout and want to more about them as they see more constructed in the Vancouver and Clark County area. Roundabouts are actually found to be much safer than signalized intersections; there are fewer accidents and the accidents that do occur are much less severe.
The drawings below include a poster and a brochure, with Spanish and Russian translations, that visually show how to drive the roundabout.
Here are a few tips:
- Slow down when approaching the roundabout.
- Choose your lane depending on your destination; road signs will guide you.
- Watch for pedestrians and cyclists at crosswalks; be prepared to yield to them.
- Look to the left and yield to the traffic already in the roundabout.
- Enter the roundabout with caution. “Slow and Easy” does it!
- Exit the roundabout in the direction of your destination. Again, watch for pedestrians and cyclists.