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What does the law say about using turning signals in a roundabout?

Your vehicle has an array of safety features even if it is the bare minimum model. Many of these features are things we take for granted and never consider how they help keep us safe and prevent accidents.

One such feature is your turning signal. Using this signal gives other drivers the ability to react to your next move. The issue with turning signals is that many drivers do not use them or use them incorrectly, especially in a roundabout.

Roundabout basics

Roundabouts are something that many people have a difficult time adjusting to. Authorities use them in areas to help with congestion instead of putting up traffic lights. Traffic moves in a circle pattern, which can complicate turns out of it, making signaling essential to prevent accidents.

The rules

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, turning signals rules in a roundabout depend on which way you wish to go. You will have to use your signal to go straight. You will turn on your right signal after you pass the exit before the one you will take. Keep your signal on until you completely leave the roundabout.

To turn left, you need to use your left signal when enter the roundabout and moving to the left lane, which you should be in until you wish to exit. When you are ready to exit, you will use your right turn signal to leave the roundabout at the proper exit.

To turn right, you will travel the outer lane and use your right turn signal when approaching your exit. Make sure to stay to the right and keep your signal on until you completely leave the roundabout.