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Old 03-03-2014, 04:38 PM
Location: Colorado
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We have several roundabouts near our neighborhood - one even in the entrance to the neighborhood. Most of us started driving before roundabouts are common, so we're not familiar with the rules. Colorado Springs has a rules document published here:


The signage does a pretty good job of making clear who has the right of way, but the big thing that nobody knows is when to signal. When you're in the roundabout, you don't have to signal left, we're ALL going left. However, you DO have to signal your intent to exit the roundabout. When approaching your exit, turn on your right turn signal. That way, cars waiting to enter know that they don't have to yield to the car that's exiting.

Please tell your neighbors and friends! This is driving me crazy!
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:06 PM
Location: Colorado
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FWIW: In places where roundabouts are much more common (Olympia WA, for one) people don't normally signal unless it is a multi-lane roundabout and they need to change lanes. But you're right, it'd be nice if someone did and you could know to just hop right out there and not yield to them. However, I tend to be paranoid about people mistakenly using signals...I often wait, like "are you REALLY turning right?" before I just go when someone is coming.

In a roundabout situation, I watch an approaching car, and if they begin to turn the front of the car into an exit to the left of me, I take that opportunity to just GO...even if traffic is following behind them, there will usually be an opening created by the time it takes them to turn out of the roundabout.
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:16 PM
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Roundabout Rules: Go or Yield.
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:16 PM
Location: Colorado
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I grew up in New England were roundabouts are more common, I use Boston rules, close your eyes and hit the gas! LOL
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:59 AM
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I don't trust turn signals when I turn right on red, I probably won't trust them in a roundabout either.
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