Driving a RoundaboutPosted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by Mike McKenna
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Known to increase safety, roundabouts can slow speeds and reduce the potential for severe crashes. They have also been credited with reducing congestion and pollution, as well as saving money over the life of the improvement. With those attributes, it’s no surprise they are growing in popularity. In fact, you may have noticed more in the Kansas City Metro.
While circular intersection control may have been around for many years, modern roundabouts may be new to many drivers. Traffic is intended to flow counterclockwise around a center island, while entering traffic yields. Here’s how they work:
- Vehicles yield upon entry to other vehicles in the roundabout.
- Once you’ve entered the circle, you are allowed to proceed to your exit without stopping.
- The central island keeps drivers from moving in a straight path, decreasing the odds of more severe crashes, such as head-on or T-bone.