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Roundabouts

Have you driven through a roundabout lately? Johns Creek currently has four roundabout intersections:
 
  • Sargent Road at Lexington Woods Drive
  • Sargent Road at Crossington Road
  • Bell Road at Boles Road
  • Bell Road at Bellmore Park Lane
Roundabouts are significantly safer than traditional intersections, but their safety is limited to each driver’s understanding of how to navigate through them. Do you know how to navigate a roundabout intersection? Here are a few tips:
 
  1. Keep it slow.
    • One of the advantages of a roundabout is that it does not stop traffic like a stop sign or a red light would. Slow down when you are approaching a roundabout, and if the way is clear, then you can proceed. If there is already a vehicle in the roundabout, wait. Just as you would when entering a regular road, you must wait until there is sufficient space to enter the roundabout. If there is no pedestrian and no oncoming vehicle, you can just keep moving. 
  2. The vehicle to the left goes first.
    • When two or more vehicles approach a roundabout at the same time, you must then give way to the vehicle to the left. Otherwise it is first come, first serve.
  3. Use your blinker!
    • One of the most common mistakes that people use on roundabouts is signaling incorrectly, or not at all. A good rule of thumb is to always signal immediately before your exit, using your right indicator, just as you would when turning. The only thing that should stop you now is if the crosswalk is occupied.
  4. Always go around the central island in a counter-clockwise direction.
    • Never shortcut left around the central island. This is dangerous and illegal. Always proceed to the right of the central island and circulate in a counter-clockwise direction. 
Take a peek at this quick tutorial on how to drive through roundabouts.