One of the most important rules of a roundabout is the “yield-at-entry” rule. Vehicles that are inside and circulating through the roundabout always have the right of way. Motorists or bicyclists who want to enter the roundabout must yield to all lanes and wait for a safe gap in circulating traffic to enter the roundabout. In some instances, this means motorists must stop at the yield sign until a safe gap is present.
- Slow Down: Roundabouts are designed to reduce your speed upon entry. While it may seem counter-intuitive, slowing down in a roundabout alleviates congestion. Slower speeds also make roundabouts safer than traditional intersections.
- Yield, Don’t Merge: Vehicles traveling in the roundabout have the right-of-way. Do not merge into a roundabout like you merge onto a highway. Slow down and yield, or sometimes stop, for traffic that is circulating the roundabout. Enter the roundabout when a safe gap is present.
- Do Not Switch Lanes: It is important to choose your lane prior to entering the roundabout. All multi-lane roundabouts have signs that indicate which lane you should be in to reach your destination. Look for signage as you approach and avoid changing lanes while circulating.