Roundabouts, rotaries, circular intersections and traffic circles are all terms for intersections with a circular island in the center. Roundabouts may have one or more lanes. Entering traffic must yield the right-of-way to traffic already in the circle. Each road approaching the roundabout is marked with a yield sign and may also have yield line markings on the pavement. However, rotaries and other circles may have stop signs. Drivers must pay attention and obey the signs.

When approaching a roundabout, slow down. Use your turn signals to indicate where you want to go. If you plan to turn right, stay to the right as you enter the roundabout. If you plan to go straight, you may stay in either lane (if it is a dual lane circular intersection). If you plan to turn left, stay to the left as you enter the roundabout.

More information about driving safely through a roundabout is available at the Virginia Department of Transportation website at

While inside the roundabout, stay in your lane until you are ready to exit. Use your vehicle’s right turn signal to let drivers around you know what you want to do.

Do not change lanes or take an exit before checking for vehicles that may be continuing through the roundabout in the lane next to you or behind you.

Expect vehicles to be in blind spots you cannot see in your rearview or side mirrors. Quickly glance over your shoulder and check for any vehicles that may be in your blind spot.

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