Do you know how to drive in a roundabout?

Mini roundabout sign telling drivers to yield to the right

With the new roundabout, aka traffic circle, on Fair Park Boulevard and Zoo Drive in Little Rock, some people have expressed confusion as to who yields to whom. I thought I’d address that question so that everyone can feel confident driving in a roundabout.

Why roundabouts?

Understand that a roundabout is to help the flow of traffic be more efficient and prevent potential car crashes. There has been an estimated 5,000 traffic circles built in the United States since 1990. Studies show that roundabouts lead to slower speeds, virtually eliminate T-bone and head-on collisions, and keeping pedestrians safer by keep them further away from the intersection.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) & FHWA studies show:

  • 37% Reduction in all collisions
  • 40% Reduction in pedestrian crashes
  • 75% Reduction in injury collisions
  • 90% Reduction in fatalities
  • 65% more efficient than traditional intersections
  • Not required to stop
  • Continuous flow intersection
  • 30% reduction in vehicle emissions
  • Work during power outages
  • Cheaper to operate and maintain
    • No hardware or electrical costs compared to light signals

How to drive in a roundabout and who has the right-of-way

A roundabout is a circular intersection where drivers travel counterclockwise around a center island. There are no traffic signals or stop signs. Drivers yield at entry to traffic in the roundabout, and then enter the intersection and exit at their street destination.

A lot of American drivers are new to roundabouts, as they are most frequently found in other countries. However, there are only three simple rules to follow when approaching a stop sign or a yield sign at a roundabout.

  1. The vehicle already inside the intersection (the traffic circle) has the right of way.
  2. The vehicle that reaches the yield sign first has the first right to enter the roundabout intersection.
  3. If two vehicles arrive at the yield at the same time, the vehicle on the right should enter first. That is already the law!

I hope this has cleared up any confusion any of you might have had about how to properly drive in a roundabout. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know how you like the new one by the zoo.

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