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Ask 2: What are the driver rules for roundabouts?

Houston roundabout in Hermann Park (Google Maps)

At KPRC 2, we’re dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston.

The question: What are the driver rules for roundabouts such as the one at Westcott and Washington?

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, a roundabout is a one-way, circular intersection where traffic flows around an island. Drivers follow yield signs instead of traffic lights to control to intersection.

Guidelines from TxDOT as drivers approach roundabouts:

  • Slow down
  • Yield to traffic already in the circle
  • Enter the circle and follow the loop in a counter clockwise direction
  • Make a right turn to exit the roundabout

The benefits include reducing crashes, commute times and air pollution, while creating a safer intersections, according to TxDOT.

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