Do I need to use a turn signal in a roundabout?

By | September 30, 2016

We have one roundabout in the town that I live in. It’s a foreign concept to me, but it’s nice to be acquainted with new things. One thing I’ve noticed is that every time I use the roundabout, I never use a turn signal. This violates the central precept that I live by when driving:

Always use a turn signal.

People who do not use turn signals are one of the worst people in the world. So why aren’t I doing it? There’s hardly any time. I enter the roundabout, I pass the first turn and I’m right there. If I did it before that first roundabout, I might cause an accident and if I do it after, I’m already in the middle of turning so I’m not signalling anything.

Signals should be to signal what you’re going to do not what you’re already doing.

But let’s see what a quick Google search comes up with:

For continuing straight ahead, do not signal on approach and signal “right” before you leave.

http://drivinginstructorblog.com/q-do-i-have-to-signal-to-enter-a-roundabout/

Use right turn signal when passing the exit before the one to be taken

http://www.virginiadot.org/info/resources/round/modelhighwaycodeforroundabouts.pdf

Look for pedestrians and use your turn signal before you exit, and make sure to stay in your lane as you navigate the roundabout.

https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/safety/roundabouts/

Clearly, my assumptions were wrong and I know the answer for the future.

2 thoughts on “Do I need to use a turn signal in a roundabout?

  1. Larry

    A roundabout or traffic circle is its own unique roadway, usually with unique signage and naming. As such, a turn signal should be used just as a driver would use entering or exiting any roadway. For many small roundabouts, that have simple entrances and exits, it’s understandable a driver might not see the need. However it’s a good habit as many larger roundabouts can be complex, with multiple lanes and many attached roads. Interestingly, a properly engineered roundabouts is exponentially safer than a conventional intersection; with maintenance and operating costs nearly nonexistent in comparison.

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    1. taqfu Post author

      I’ve heard that roundabouts are a much better option than intersections. That’s so interesting and I wonder why roundabouts aren’t more common in America.

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