We can improve our use of local roundabouts and help make them safer.
Roundabouts already improve safety by reducing the severity of accidents. The reason for this is all the traffic in a roundabout is moving in the same direction – counterclockwise. If vehicles collide, there are side impacts, not “T-bones” or right angles as in regular intersections.
To make roundabouts even more efficient and safer, please use the following actions: When approaching a roundabout, slow down well before the white line or entering its arc. Consider pausing 10 to 12 feet before the arc line.
Additionally, roundabouts are intersections; use your turn signals to indicate your intended exit. It’s state law and can help other drivers merge more easily and safely with the traffic flow.
From a taxpayer’s perspective, roundabouts are less expensive than signalized intersections. Roundabouts are here to stay; so let’s make them more effective and safer.