Video: Rules of the roundabout

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Roundabouts have picked up in popularity around West Michigan during recent years.

Traffic experts like them because they are safer and more economical, but many drivers find them confusing and have problems navigating them.

In the accompanying video, FOX 17 NEWS traffic reporter Robb Westaby details the popularity of roundabouts around the area...

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7 comments

  • Annette

    i wish Rob woukd have discussed who has the right of way. I get so irritated every day when the line of traffic to my left just flows thru with out each car yielding one at a time! One goes thru then it’s my turn but the line of 1 or many just keep traveling thru!! People need training or signage on the roads with instructions! I wax eager to hear but that part is missing- Can he do another instruction segment?

  • Tim

    Annette, the cars to your left do not need to yield to you, you need to yield to them. It’s not a 4 way stop. If they have no one to their left in the circle, they may enter the circle. You have to wait until it is clear to your left before you enter. Then all vehicles to your right must yield to you. It’s really not that complicated.

  • Kraig Dodge

    Hey all. Nice story, very timely. I actually really like the roundabouts. I live in Newaygo and work in GR so I drive the M37/M46 roundabout twice a day. I see some pretty ridiculous stuff. Many drivers have no clue how to use them. That is why I was disappointed in your story because I don’t think it adequately covered the “how to” or rules for using a roundabout. You spent too much time talking about how they are becoming more prevalent, etc. but not enough time on the actual rules. And when you did talk the rules, it didn’t really explain anything. Personally, I have a hard time with roundabouts that have two lanes. I don’t get those. Like there’s one in Coopersville on 68th. Very confusing. The one lane ones are pretty straightforward. Sorry but I think you failed to cover this topic very well. Please try again. Education about this is much needed.

  • Kraig Dodge

    Annette, I agree with Tim. He is exactly correct. Sounds to me like your perception of what should happen is not correct. I get what you are saying, but if no one is coming then that long line of cars can just keep entering the roundabout because they have no one to yield do. Once in the roundabout, you don’t have to yield or stop. If you do, you’re likely to get rear-ended. Conversely, what drives me nuts is when drivers in front of me treat the yield sign like a stop sign. As you approach the yeild, look left (which they cover in the story) and if no one is coming, proceed without stopping.

  • John

    Pretty simple. Stupid Idea for Stupid drivers. I avoid the Monroe ridiculous so called roundabouts because no IDIOTS give the right of way like they should. To me it should be treated like a 4 way stop but only yield instead of actually stopping if there’s no traffic. Trouble is, is that no one knows where the other driver is going to go, as in no signaling (like anyone else uses them). Are they going to keep going straight or are they going to keep going around the circle to what would be a normal left and when the driver of the opposing car thinks otherwise, Oops, CRASH! Pretty stupid road commission out there only to save $. Just my 2 cent worth.