Whether you call them round-about or traffic circles, they keep traffic moving and decrease the time you must sit at a red traffic light when nothing is coming. When driving on round-abouts, using the proper round-about etiquette can avoid a car crash and the injuries that can come with it.
First, when you approach the yield sign, do not stop unless traffic is coming from your left. If traffic is approaching from your left but you have plenty of time to pull out, do so. Stopping at a yield sign when nothing is coming or when you have more than enough time to pull out may result in a rear-end collision.
Second, after you have passed the last roundabout exit before the exit you intend to take, engage your right-turn blinker. Engaging your blinker alerts those at the next exit that they do not need to wait for you before getting onto the circle. If drivers use their blinkers, drivers at the yield signs do not have to guess if an approaching car is turning or staying on the circle. This could decrease the time spent sitting at the yield sign only to have the person turn off the circle. It could also decrease collisions caused by those who pull into the circle thinking, incorrectly, the driver in the circle was turning off.
Round-about etiquette can save you from personal injuries, car damage, and the headaches they cause.
Written by Attorney Yvonne T. Griffin
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