Rules of the Road: Driving in a roundabout
Published: Tuesday, September 8, 2009


The Department of Transportation recently constructed a roundabout on the west side of Interstate 19 at Canoa Road, just south of Green Valley.

There is a roundabout under construction at Continental Road and Camino del Sol.

Roundabouts move traffic safely and efficiently through an intersection with slower speeds, fewer conflict points, and easy decision making. Studies show roundabouts provide a 90 percent reduction in fatal crashes and 76 percent reduction in injury crashes.

Here are a few tips on how to drive your vehicle in a roundabout.

Slow down

Watch for traffic signs

Move into the correct lane for the direction you want to travel

Look to the left for traffic
Enter when it is safe

Keep your speed low and stay in your lane within the roundabout

Exit carefully to your destination. Use your right turn signal to indicate your intention to exit

Go check out the roundabout at Canoa Road. The speed is posted at 25 mph. You must yield to vehicles that are in the roundabout. There are signs with an arrow clearly indicating “one way.” The exits are clearly marked. I don’t think you will have any problems if you go slow and read the signs. They tell you how to get to the exit you want.

       Rules of the Road is written by Paul Kline, who is a member of the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers