What is a roundabout?
A roundabout is a circular intersection that drivers travel on counterclockwise around a center island. Roundabouts do not have any traffic signals or stop signs.
When driving through a roundabout, drivers must:
1. Yield to traffic in the roundabout
2. Enter the intersection when there is a gap in traffic
3. Exit to your desired street
You can also watch this video on How to Drive Through a Roundabout.
Why use roundabouts?
Studies have also shown that roundabouts reduce traffic crashes by 40 - 60 percent, as well as injury related crashes by 35 - 80 percent.
The only roundabout in Auburn Hills is located downtown, at the intersection of N. Squirrel Road and Squirrel Court.
Here are a few tips when driving through a roundabout:
Slow down as you approach the roundabout.
15 - 20 mph is the recommended speed for driving through.
Pick your lane.
Look for the lane signs as you approach, and stay in your lane until you exit.
When approaching, always yield for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles in all lanes.
Vehicles already in the roundabout have the right of way. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, do not stop.
Give way to large vehicles.
Allow larger vehicles the extra turning radius needed to continue through a roundabout.
If you see an emergency vehicle, exit the roundabout. DO NOT pull over in the roundabout.