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Vehicle Instructions

Turning Right Driving Straight Turning Left or U-Turn

Turning Right (exiting at the first exit around the roundabout):
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    Unless posted otherwise, use only the right lane if there are multiple approach lanes.
  2. Use your right–turn signal.
  3. Reduce your speed.
  4. Keep to the right of the splitter island.
  5. Watch for cyclists and allow them to enter the roadway in front of you.
  6. Watch for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk or waiting to cross.
  7. Move up to the yield line and wait for an acceptable gap in traffic.
    Do not enter next to someone already in the roundabout, as that vehicle may be exiting at the next exit.
  8. Within the roundabout, do not stop except to avoid a collision; you have the right–of–way over entering traffic.  Always keep to the right of the central island and travel in a counterclockwise direction.
  9. Keep to the outside of the circulatory roadway within the roundabout and continue to use your right–turn signal through your exit.  Maintain a slow speed.
  10. Watch for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk or waiting to cross.

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Driving Straight Through (i.e., exiting halfway around the roundabout):

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    Unless posted otherwise, use either lane if there are two approach lanes.
    Do not use any turn signals on approach.
  2. Reduce your speed.
  3. Keep to the right of the splitter island.
  4. Watch for cyclists and allow them to enter the roadway in front of you.
  5. Watch for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk or waiting to cross.
  6. Move up to the yield line and wait for an acceptable gap in traffic.  Do not enter next to someone already in the roundabout, as that vehicle may be exiting at the next exit.
  7. Within the roundabout, do not stop except to avoid a collision; you have the right–of–way over entering traffic.  Always keep to the right of the central island and travel in a counterclockwise direction.
  8. Maintain your position relative to other vehicles.  Stay to the inside if you entered from the left lane, or stay to the outside if you entered from the right lane.
  9. Do not overtake other vehicles or cyclists when in the roundabout.
  10. When you have passed the last exit before the one you want, use your right–turn signal and continue to use your right–turn signal through your exit.
    Maintain a slow speed.
  11. When exiting from the inside lane, watch out for leading or adjacent vehicles on the outside that continue to circulate around the roundabout.
  12. Watch for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk or waiting to cross.

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Turning Left or making a U–Turn (i.e., exiting more than halfway around the roundabout):

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    Unless posted otherwise, use one of the left–hand lanes if there are two approach lanes.  Use your left–turn signal.
  2. Reduce your speed.
  3. Keep to the right of the splitter island.
  4. Watch for cyclists and allow them to enter the roadway in front of you.
  5. Watch for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk or waiting to cross.
  6. Move up to the yield line and wait for an acceptable gap in traffic.
    Do not enter next to someone already in the roundabout, as that vehicle may be exiting at the next exit.
  7. Within the roundabout, do not stop except to avoid a collision; you have the right–of–way over entering traffic.  Always keep to the right of the central island and travel in a counterclockwise direction.
  8. Maintain your position relative to other vehicles.  Stay to the inside.  Do not change lanes until you are ready to exit.
  9. Do not overtake other vehicles or cyclists when in the roundabout.
  10. When you have passed the last exit before the one you want, use your right–turn signal and continue to use your right–turn signal through your exit.  Maintain a slow speed.
  11. Watch out for leading or adjacent vehicles on the outside that continue to circulate around the roundabout.
  12. Watch for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk or waiting to cross.

Questions about roundabouts?
Contact Traffic Engineering at 480-312-7696
or email roundabouts@scottsdaleaz.gov