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Turning Left in a Roundabout

Left turn in a roundabout

How Do You Make a Left Turn in a Roundabout?

As you approach the roundabout, look for signs to guide you through. Signal and move to the left lane well ahead of the intersection.

When you are close to the roundabout, you must look for pedestrians in the crosswalk and for traffic already in the roundabout. Be prepared to stop and yield. If there are no vehicles approaching from your left and no pedestrians in the crosswalk, you may enter the roundabout slowly.

Stay in the Left Lane

Stay in the left lane when you enter. Follow the center of the circle three-quarters of the way, or until you reach your exit.

Turn on your right turn signal when you pass the exit before the one you intend to use.

You must continue in the same lane as you entered. Look to your right to make sure no vehicles from the outside lane are crossing your path.

You should also look for pedestrian that might cross the road ahead of you.

More Information

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has excellent information on How to drive a roundabout

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2 Comments

  1. Any driver waiting to enter or following behind you inside the roundabout will assume that you intend to remain in the roundabout until you use your turn signal! They don’t know that you are “just continuing through”.

    In other words, your turn signal tells everyone that you are about to exit the roundabout. Your exit from the roundabout is a right-hand maneuver.

    Left lane is “the inside lane”, right lane is “the outside lane”. You enter and exit in the same lane. You should avoid changing lanes inside a roundabout.

    When you exit from the inside (left) lane you should watch for vehicles that could cross your path.

  2. I’m kind of confused with the right turn signal and the exit, which are the exits and why do we use the right signal when we aren’t turning right, were just continuing through? why and when do we signal and which lane is considered the left and right lane when exiting the round about?

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