A year later some still confused with roundabouts

Chuck Kajer, Managing Editor

It's been a little more than a year since the roundabouts on Highway 13/19 on the east side of New Prague opened to traffic, but there still seems to be some confusion among drivers on how to use them.

Tom Hudspeth of New Prague, a driver's ed instructor, understands some of the confusion, but adds that most of the problems can be solved by remembering one simple rule: The most important thing is to remember the first vehicle in the roundabout has the right of way.

Roundabouts are designed to increase traffic flow and provide a safer intersection than a normal four-way stop. They do this by eliminating left turns. Hudspeth refers to a page in the Minnesota Driver's manual that states the rules:

• Slow down as you approach the intersection.

• Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the roadway.

• Watch for signs or pavement markings that require or prohibit certain movements.

• Enter the roundabout when there is enough room to merge safely.

• Drive in a counter-clockwise direction. Do not stop or pass other vehicles.

• Use your turn signals when you change lanes or exit the roundabout. If you miss your exit, continue around until you return to it.

I've heard adults say they won't use the roundabout because they're afraid to

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