We receive a number of questions about roundabouts in the City of Mount Vernon. And while studies show that roundabouts are generally much safer than traditional stop sign or signal-controlled intersections, there is certainly a learning curve that a community experiences as they get used to this newer, more efficient traffic improvement.
Here are a few quick tips for safely navigating roundabouts:
- Slow Down! When you approach a roundabout, please reduce your speed. Watch for pedestrians.
- Yield to Traffic that is Already in the Roundabout: If the roundabout is empty, then there is no need for a complete stop; but do not proceed past the dashed yield line, and into the roundabout, if entering the roundabout would slow or impede the traffic that is already circling. Vehicles already inside the roundabout have the right-of-way.
- Once inside the roundabout, do not stop!
- As you slowly proceed through the roundabout to your exit, you can signal your intent to exit while continuing to watch for pedestrians crossing the roadway after you exit the roundabout
How to Drive (and Walk) through a Roundabout (video)
WSDOT Information & Education on Roundabouts