Ask 2: What are the driver rules for roundabouts?
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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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