In America, we like to do things a little differently than the rest of the world. We measure distance differently and have unique traditions that only Americans can understand. Somethings that have only existed in Europe are now creeping into our lives, but that’s not always a bad thing. One of those things is roundabouts, especially here in The Villages®.
In the US, we have relied on traffic lights to keep the traffic flowing and to help maintain order on our busy roads. However, every situation is different, and red lights sometimes cause more traffic backups than we would like. Traffic lights at every intersection can get cumbersome and problematic.
Developers in The Villages® decided to take a new approach and built roundabouts throughout the side roads in the community. This helps traffic stay at a steady flow...well most of the time.
Navigating a roundabout for the first few times can be a bit tricky and intimidating. Traffic cops are most likely used to the fender benders caused at Villages roundabouts. But once you get the hang of them, you will get to your destination a lot quicker
Iif you remember these rules, roundabouts will become second nature. “At the dashed yield line, look to your left and yield to drivers already in the roundabout. Remember, in a multi-lane roundabout, you must yield to both lanes of traffic. Once a gap in traffic appears, merge into the roundabout and proceed to your exit. Look for pedestrians and use your turn signal before you exit.”
Each situation can be different such as when driving next to a large vehicle, they need a little more room, so it is wise not to drive right beside them while in the roundabout.
Roundabouts are safer but take some time getting used to. As The Villages® becomes a booming community, get ready to drive through more of them for years to come.