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An Avanti Safety Tip – Roundabouts and Roundabout Etiquette

June 15, 2015
At the Avanti agency, we’re all about assisting you when life throws an unexpected curveball your way.  Sometimes accidents just happen, while other times they are easily preventable by following simple safety tips in your daily commute.  A common topic regarding safe driving is the issue of roundabouts.  Roundabouts intend to make intersections safer and more efficient for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.  However, if drivers do not know how to safely utilize these spinning conundrums, unforeseen accidents may occur.
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Please remember the following tips for driving through roundabouts in order to stay safe!

  1. Yield to drivers already in the roundabout
  2. Stay in your lane; do not change lanes
  3. Do not stop in the roundabout
  4. Avoid driving next to oversized vehicles

 There are also two types of roundabouts:  Single-Lane & Multi-Lane.

 Single Lane Etiquette

  1. Slow down as you approach the roundabout
  2. Look to your left as you near the entrance
  3. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout
  4. When you spot a gap, enter the circle and then proceed to exit
  5. Use your turn signal before you exit
  6. Make sure to stay in your lane as you navigate the roundabout

Multi-Lane Etiquette

  1. Choose a lane PRIOR to entering the roundabout
  2. Choose your lane the same way you would in a traditional multi-lane intersection
  3. To go straight or right, get in the right lane
  4. To go straight or left, get in the left lane                                   untitled

DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD …PLAN AHEAD!

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