Round Abouts
General Information and Driving Tips for Motorists

Going Left or Making a U-Turn:
* When approaching a roundabout, you must be in the LEFT LANE unless otherwise marked on
the road.
* Slow down and be prepared to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
* Pull up to the Yield line, look to the left and check for approaching traffic within the roundabout.
CIRCULATING TRAFFIC HAS THE RIGHT-OF-WAY.
* Enter the roundabout when there is a safe gap in traffic.
* Use your right turn signal and exit the roundabout from the left lane into the left lane of the exit
leg.
* Be prepared to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Going Straight:
* When approaching the roundabout, you can be in EITHER LANE unless otherwise marked on
the road.
* Slow down and be prepared to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
* Pull up to the Yield sign, look to the left and check for approaching traffic within the roundabout.
CIRCULATING TRAFFIC HAS THE RIGHT-OF-WAY.
* Enter the roundabout when there is a safe gap in traffic.
* Stay in your lane when going around.
* Use your right turn signal and exit the roundabout, staying in your lane.
* Be prepared to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Going right:
* When approaching the roundabout, you must be in the RIGHT LANE unless otherwise marked
on the road.
* Slow down and be prepared to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
* Pull up to the Yield line, look to the left and check for approaching traffic within the roundabout.
* Enter the roundabout when there is a safe gap in traffic.
* Stay in the right lane.
* Use your right turn signal and exit the roundabout from the right lane.
* Be prepared to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Special notes:
Be prepared for EMERGENCY VEHICLES. Do not enter the roundabout when emergency
vehicles are approaching. Pull to the side. If in the roundabout, immediately exit the roundabout
and pull to the side. NEVER STOP IN THE ROUNDABOUT.

LARGE TRUCKS. Motorists should be aware that large trucks using multi-lane roundabouts may
require both lanes. Motorists should never attempt to pass a truck in a roundabout.

BICYCLISTS have the option to function as a vehicle or a pedestrian when using a roundabout.
When acting as a vehicle, they will follow the same rules. Never overtake a bicyclist acting as a
vehicle in a roundabout.

PEDESTRIANS. Motorists must yield to pedestrians when entering and exiting a roundabout.
Pedestrians will utilize crosswalks and splitter islands to cross each leg of the roundabout.

(Source: PennDOT Bureau of Design, Highway Quality Assurance Division, Harrisburg, Pa.
Phone: 717-783-5023.)

Visit the PennDOT Website, "All About Roundabouts" for more information, examples of
roundabouts and interactive video.