Roundabouts

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.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and the City of Lacey, Washington, also have extensive information regarding modern roundabouts, including an on-line video.