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					Roundabout Training


  By: Albert Ware and Dan Sorgen
What is a Roundabout?
Why they are an issue
 A roundabout is a
  safer replacement
  for a traditional
  traffic light.
 We have many
  new roundabouts
  around our area,
  and many more
  are proposed to
  come in the near
  future.
 Improper use of double
  lane roundabouts can
  cause confusion for
  drivers which can lead to
  car crashes.
 Roundabout are proven
  to be safe with the
  proper the training.
 Roundabouts are proven
  to reduce the rate of
  accidents by 75% at
  intersections

http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/00-0675.pdf
How to Drive in a Roundabout
     Roundabouts are different than traditional intersections, and
      requires different driving techniques. Listed below are the
      steps to follow as you navigate a modern roundabout.
1.   SLOW DOWN
     15 miles per hour is usually about right as you approach the
      roundabout.
2.   GET IN YOUR APPROPRIOATE LANE
     From the left lane you can turn around, turn left or, go
      straight.
     From the middle lane you can only go straight.
     From the right lane you can go straight, or make a right
      hand turn.
3.   YIELD AT THE ENTRY
     Yield to cars already in the roundabout. The yield sign and
      pavement markings will show you where to stop if you need
      to.
How to Drive in a Roundabout cont..
4. LOOK TO THE LEFT
 If there is no traffic in the circle, you don’t have to stop
    simply yield and enter the circle. If traffic is present, wait
    for an opening on the left and then enter the circle by
    turning right into it.
5. KEEP RIGHT
 Once you’re in the circle, keep right. A roundabout is a
    one-way street, and the circulating car has the right of
    way.
6. PROCEED
 Proceed with care to your exit. If you miss your exit,
    simply go around again.
http://www.twp.west-bloomfield.mi.us/info/Farmington-Maple.pdf
What tends to Happen in
Roundabouts
1. People tend to drive
   too fast.
2. People choose not
   yield to traffic in the
   roundabout.
3. People switch lanes in
   the middle of the
   roundabout.
4. People stop when they
   have the right of way
   which backs up traffic.
               The Answer
 Roundabout training should be added to all
  driving schools curriculum.
 If anyone is pulled over breaking the traffic
  circle laws they should be required to take
  a traffic class that reviews all laws and
  aspects of the roundabout.
 If people are unsure on how to
  appropriately use the round about there
  should be a website with instructional
  videos to instruct proper roundabout usage.
The Game Plan
 The first step would be to set up a
  plan with the secretary of state
 The next step would be to talk to the
  driving schools
 The third step would be to set up
  classes and a website that will
  educate drivers on the proper use of
  roundabouts.
Thank You For Your Time


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By Dan Sorgen and Albert Ware