A bus hit a car while driving out of the roundabout yesterday. The roundabout has a history of accidents and fender benders and Tuesday was no exception. Here is how to drive safely on the roundabout to ensure that you and those around you are safe.
While driving, be sure to keep both hands on the steering wheel and both eyes on the road in front of you. You should always yield for oncoming traffic, and remember to only turn right, as turning left is not an option.
The outside lane is for turning into the first or second exit; the inner circle is for driving all the way around to the third exit. Try and avoid driving next to vehicles you can’t see around- this will help minimize your risk of hitting anyone or vice versa.
Make sure you use your turn signal to signify when you are about to leave the roundabout and keep an eye out for cars entering or leaving the roundabout after you.
And most importantly, please look out for students or faculty who may be crossing the street after you leave the roundabout.
I’ve been hit by three different cars while walking around campus in the past four years; twice in the first semester of my freshman year, and once in the year after that. There were also several close calls my junior year. Please don’t hit anyone on their way to class- I can guarantee neither of you wants that.