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How to safely drive through roundabouts in Florida

Florida does not have many roundabouts at the moment, but it appears that will change in the near future. A section of State Road 414 will be temporarily closed while crews install two roundabouts. Seminole County will receive five roundabouts within the next couple years, and it seems at least a dozen more are in the planning stages. 

Learning to navigate a roundabout is essential for avoiding a dangerous crash. Florida residents should begin preparing for roundabouts now so they will be ready when they open for traffic. 

Basic rules for a roundabout

For the most part, drivers should remember to yield before entering a roundabout. Whether you approach a single-lane or multi-lane roundabout, you need to remain aware of cars already in the roundabout and give them the right of way. Drivers should also remain cognizant of pedestrians who may be crossing through the roundabout on foot. 

Drivers need to pay attention to the designated speed limit sign. In many cases, the limit provided is about 20 miles per hour. It is highly recommended to remain within that limit and even go slower if you are able to. 

Drivers should never stop in a roundabout. Additionally, drivers in standard vehicles should be wary of oversized trucks. States design roundabouts so that vehicles of any size can use them. However, due to a roundabout's cramped nature, a truck driver's blind spot may become more pronounced than if he or she was simply driving on a freeway. 

Roundabout rules for bicyclists

Bicyclists can use roundabouts in the same way as car drivers. Cyclists should remain in the center of their designated lane to remain visible to all other drivers. However, if a cyclist does not feel comfortable traversing a roundabout, he or she should temporarily get off the bike and navigate the roundabout through the crosswalks. It is much better to remain overly cautious than end up in a car accident. 

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