Question: Would you please confirm what I understand is the flow of traffic through a roundabout?
It’s my understanding the traffic rules state that the car on the right approaching an uncontrolled intersection has the right of way.
Should not the same apply to a roundabout?
In Puyallup, at Third Street and 15th Avenue Southeast, near Good Samaritan Hospital, a roundabout was installed several years ago. There are “Yield” signs posted on the right as you approach the roundabout, yet drivers consistently stop at the roundabout and yield to the car on their left.
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It is my belief that these drivers do not understand the rules of a roundabout and also fail to observe the posted signs.
Am I right or wrong? — Ed Konsmo, Puyallup
Answer: I moved your question to the top of the list because I think you may have a dangerous misconception.
You’re correct when you say that driving rules say you should yield to the car on your right at uncontrolled intersections when you both arrive at the same time.
But “uncontrolled” means intersections that don’t have any signs or other traffic control devices, not roundabouts.
At roundabouts, the car already in the circle has the right of way over cars approaching it. That means you yield to the guy on your left. Stop if you have to, and wait until there’s enough room in the circle to proceed.