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? 

Roundabouts are used in lieu of stoplights for a number of reasons. They can provide large cost savings to a city, reduce speeding and slow traffic, cause fewer accidents, and aid in helping pedestrians crossing the street. 

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. 

Navigating through a roundabout on the road

Here are a few tips when driving through a roundabout:

stoplight image   

Slow down as you approach the roundabout. 
15 - 20 mph is the recommended speed for driving through. 

roundabout aerial view

Pick your lane.
Look for the lane signs as you approach, and stay in your lane until you exit. 

Yield Sign

When approaching, always yield for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles in all lanes. 

Left sign

Look left.
Vehicles already in the roundabout have the right of way. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, do not stop. 

Car image

Give way to large vehicles.
Allow larger vehicles the extra turning radius needed to continue through a roundabout. 

emergency vehicle sign

Emergency vehicles.
If you see an emergency vehicle, exit the roundabout. DO NOT pull over in the roundabout.