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SR 105 West Harriman Street Signal – Roundabout Pre-Design Study – How to drive a compact roundabout

If you are new to compact roundabouts or if you just need a quick reminder on how to navigate through a compact roundabout, we are here to help. Let us show you how easy it is to drive a compact roundabout.

How do I drive a compact roundabout?

Slow down when approaching the roundabout

Intersection warning signs let drivers know there is a roundabout ahead. Roundabouts are designed for speeds between 15 and 25 mph.

Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in crosswalks.

Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in marked crosswalks when you enter and exit the roundabout.

Yield to all traffic inside or circulating in the roundabout.

Look left and yield to all traffic already in the roundabout, as they have the right of way. Once you see a gap in the circulating traffic stream, enter the circle and proceed to your exit. Remember to keep a safe distance behind trucks, as they need slightly more space to perform turns.

Enter the roundabout to the right.

Signs will instruct drivers that all traffic moves counterclockwise in the circle, to the right, around the roundabout.

Exit at the street you want.

Drive counterclockwise, then exit at the street you want. Use your right turn signal immediately before the street you exit the roundabout onto.

Emergency vehicles.

If an emergency vehicle approaches, drive through, and exit the roundabout and pull over just like you would at any other intersection.

Please see WSDOT’s How to drive a roundabouts website for additional information.