Roundabouts Can Be Even Safer With Easy Changes

In this article, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety describes a study of crashes at roundabouts in Maryland and the methods to make roundabouts safer for drivers. The article indicates that roundabouts are considered much safer than traditional intersections. Due to the slower speeds required to navigate the radius of the center island, crashes at roundabouts tend to be minor; of the crashes in the study, none of them were deadly and three-quarters involved only property damage. Despite these statistics, many drivers do not like roundabouts because they believe they are unsafe and find them confusing. The article suggested strategies for reducing crashes at the entrance to roundabouts, which is where more than 80% of the crashes occurred. The strategies included better signs to warn drivers about the upcoming roundabout as well as more shrubs on the center island for increased visibility.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 4-5, 7
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01105469
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 3 2008 7:00PM