VIDEO: Do Roundabouts The Right Way

FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) – They strike fear in the hearts of some northern Oakland County residents and they’re the source of many accidents. So exactly how do you correctly drive through a roundabout?

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Sandra McNeil joined Lee’s Driving School’s Ann Alpern at the roundabout at 14 Mile Road and Farmington where Alpern said drivers were making a lot of mistakes.

“They’re just going right through. This man is slowing down; this man didn’t slow down at all — he made a lane change in the middle of the intersection. This man is going about 40 miles-per-hour, instead of 20,” said Alpern. “Look what he did … he went out of his lane the whole time. It’s just amazing!”

One time said Alpern, one driver simply stopped. “He was an older man and I got out of the car and I put my hazard lights on, and I said, ‘Sir, what’s wrong?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know what to do!'”

Alpern believes the drifting over and cutting off of other drivers is what’s causing the most crashes.

Driving student 15-year-old Gabby Lowenthal said it can be quite scary. “I seem to get off or people try to make a lane and just stop in the middle. Really, it’s not fun,” she said.

Alpern said, when you go through a roundabout, remember theses simple rules: Pick your lane and stick to until you leave the circle. Before you enter, yield to the traffic already in the circle, and stick to the 20 mph speed limit.

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