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Tips for navigating a roundabout

Posted by Scott Stueber on Apr 1, 2014 1:39:00 PM

roundaboutRoundabouts are popping up everywhere. Some people, however, get anxious when they drive through them. Do you know how to drive safely through a roundabout? Today’s blog offers advice for navigating through them safely and with confidence.

Circular junctions have been around since the late 1700s; however, it wasn’t until the 1960s that engineers in the United Kingdom developed the modern roundabout. The United States began using modern roundabouts in the 1990s. For many municipalities, roundabouts are more economical and can turn dangerous intersections into safe ones.

Some of the benefits of roundabouts are:

  1. Improved safety by slowing down traffic;
  2. Increased traffic flow, reducing traffic congestion;
  3. Elimination of dangerous left turns; and
  4. Near elimination of serious t-bone and head on crashes.

In this video, Jeff Huber from Drive for Life Driving School in Madison, Wisconsin, discusses roundabouts and offers tips to drive safely through them.

For more information on driving in single or multi-lane roundabouts, click here.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them; please share them in the box below.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundabout
http://dot.wi.gov/safety/motorist/roaddesign/roundabouts/benefits.htm

Topics: Auto Safety, Travel

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