Ask 2: What are the driver rules for roundabouts?

Houston roundabout in Hermann Park
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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