How to Use Roundabouts

You've seen them — those circular intersections that are used instead of stop signs and traffic lights. There are thousands of roundabouts in North America today and more planned. Do you know the benefits of these roundabouts?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, intersections with roundabouts have about a 40% decline in motor vehicle accidents and an 80% reduction in accidents involving injuries compared to those with traffic lights. Roundabouts also improve the quality of life for the people living nearby. But how?

  • Slow-moving traffic makes less noise than traffic that must stop and start, speed up and brake.
  • Vehicles don't idle at roundabouts. Drivers use less gas by not idling, releasing fewer exhaust fumes and improving air quality.

So what are the "dos and don'ts" of using a roundabout?

  • Yield to traffic already in the roundabout that comes to your immediate left before entering.
  • Enter the roundabout to your right (counterclockwise) when there is a gap in traffic, and it is safe to do so.
  • Continue around until you come to your exit.
  • Never come to a full stop in a roundabout unless the traffic requires you to do so.
  • Use your turn signal to let others know that you plan to exit.
  • Exit at a slow speed.
  • Watch for pedestrians at the crosswalk and be prepared to stop.
  • If you miss your exit, keep on the roundabout until you reach it again.

Transportation engineers worldwide refer to roundabouts as the safest, most efficient and attractive form of traffic control in the world. These roundabouts can help protect our environment and community.

So, in a roundabout way, roundabouts can actually help keep your insurance rate low by reducing your likelihood of getting into an accident. But to make sure you are paying the lowest rate available, visit and compare quotes from over 30 top insurance companies.

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