Roundabouts have become increasingly popular in Hawaii, and for a good reason. They improve traffic flow and safety by reducing conflicts and congestion at intersections. The Kihei Roundabout is a prime example of this trend, serving as a gateway to Maui’s popular resort area.
However, navigating a roundabout can be intimidating, especially for drivers unfamiliar with this type of intersection. Fortunately, the Hawaii Department of Transportation provides a few simple rules for driving through a roundabout.
Entering the roundabout
First and foremost, it is vital to slow down as you approach the roundabout. This gives you time to assess the traffic situation and ensure you enter safely. Once at the roundabout, you must yield to pedestrians and vehicles driving through. This is essential to prevent collisions and ensure a smooth flow of traffic.
Navigating the roundabout
As you enter the roundabout, you must drive counterclockwise to reach your exit. It is essential to stay in your lane and not change lanes within the roundabout, particularly in a multilane roundabout. Do not panic if you miss the exit. Continue around the roundabout until you can safely exit. If you are in the wrong lane, make a U-turn at the next appropriate intersection to return to the roundabout.
Pedestrian and cyclist safety
Pedestrian and cyclist safety is also a top priority when navigating a roundabout. Drivers must be vigilant when entering and exiting the roundabout to avoid accidents. It is also essential to watch for pedestrians and bicyclists as you approach the roundabout.
Roundabouts offer many benefits, including increased safety and improved traffic flow. These rules allow you to safely navigate a roundabout and enjoy the many benefits they offer. As Hawaii continues to embrace roundabouts, drivers can rest assured that these intersections will help make their travels safer and more efficient.