GENERAL - Why is there a negative perception of roundabouts?

Roundabouts are a relatively new type of intersection as compared to conventional intersection control types (traffic signals and stop signs).

Many motorists that are not familiar with driving roundabouts can feel uneasy and concerned that other drivers may not follow the rules at a roundabout. Once motorists become familiar with safely driving through a roundabout, they will notice the improved traffic flow and feel at ease.

Since roundabouts are new to our area, please expect a short adjustment period as motorists get used to driving them. Some drivers may stop at the yield sign or need a larger gap in traffic than others before they proceed to enter the roundabout – this reinforces the safety aspect of a roundabout. Drivers can take their time and enter when they feel it is safe to do so.

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1. Why are roundabouts being utilized more at intersections?
2. How is the size of a roundabout determined?
3. Can a roundabout handle the same traffic volume as a signalized intersection?
4. GENERAL - Why is there a negative perception of roundabouts?
5. GENERAL - What is a mini-roundabout?
6. MULTILANE - For multilane roundabouts, how do I know the proper lane for the direction I wish to travel?
7. MULTILANE - If two vehicles side-by-side approach a multilane roundabout at the same time, which motorist has the right-of-way?
8. SAFETY - Are roundabouts safe for pedestrians?
9. SAFETY - What about bicyclists? Is it safe for them?
10. SAFETY - Are roundabouts more difficult for inexperienced drivers to maneuver through?
11. SAFETY - If roundabouts are so safe, why aren't they used at every intersection?
12. WHAT TO DO IF an emergency vehicle is entering a roundabout?
13. WHAT TO DO IF it's my first time driving at a roundabout?
14. WHAT TO DO IF a large truck enters the roundabout?