The most common cause of auto accidents are drivers running a traffic control signal. The solution-roundabouts.
Research has shown that intersection crashes may be substantially reduced by installing a modern roundabout in place of a traffic control signal and stop signs. Like any other traffic control innovation, there is always a problem.
Roundabouts are circular and have no traffic signals which does improve traffic flow, however, researchers have found an increase in noninjury crashes due to confusion when navigating through them.
Statistics also have indicated that roundabouts have significantly reduced the amount of automobile collisions causing bodily injury. Over the years there has been a rise in roundabouts, taking the place of stop signs and traffic signals at four way crossings.
So let’s go through the steps for when you approach and exit a roundabout.
- When approaching the roundabout you always want to follow the regulated speed limit, whether it is 45 mph or 15 mph.
- Slow the vehicle speed and make sure to yield to traffic already in the circle and directed in one-way, counterclockwise direction.
- When exiting the roundabout drivers must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks.
- Bicyclists have the option of riding their bike in the lane or on the sidewalk.