If you live, work or visit Hilliard, you have very likely driven through some of the City’s roundabouts. Whether you’ve driven through them 1,000 times or just a few, it’s important to know the rules of a roundabout. A City roundabout study conducted last year revealed that most of the fender benders at roundabouts are due to drivers not understanding the rules of the road. In observance of National #RoundaboutsWeek, please take the time to familiarize yourself with these #RoundaboutRules:
Yield to BOTH lanes
In Hilliard, there are both single and multi-lane roundabouts. At both types, , slow down, look left, and yield to the traffic in the circle. When driving a multi-lane roundabout, yield to BOTH lanes. Resist the urge to merge into the outside lane because the inside lane may exit.
Check the signs and choose the correct lane
When approaching a multi-lane roundabout, always check the signs and road markings to choose the correct lane, just like you would at a traditional intersection with a stop light. Typically, the right lane is for through movements and right turns, and the left lane is for through movements and left turns. Each intersection (roundabout or stop light) may be different, so always check the signs to be sure. Maintain your lane as you maneuver through the roundabout and exit.
Yield to pedestrians at the crosswalks
Roundabouts offer a safer solution for pedestrians than traditional crosswalks because vehicle speeds are slower, and the crossing distances are shorter. As a driver, when you approach a roundabout, slow down, look for pedestrians and yield to pedestrians crossing at the entry and exit crosswalks.
Roundabouts are a tool to manage high volumes of traffic with less pavement and less delay than at traditional intersections while keeping vehicle speeds down. Since roundabouts force drivers to slow down, they offer a safer alternative for both drivers and pedestrians. In fact, roundabouts reduce the types of crashes where people are seriously hurt or killed by about 80% when compared to conventional stop-controlled and signalized intersections.
The first roundabout was built in Hilliard 12 years ago, and since then, there has not been a single serious injury or fatality at a roundabout. The City hopes that through education and outreach, fewer minor crashes will occur at the roundabouts.
If you would like to assist us in our roundabout education efforts, feel free to purchase a City of Hilliard roundabout shirt here.