Do You Need To Signal When Exiting A New York State Roundabout?
There's been a lot of talk about roundabouts, traffic circles, rotaries, or whatever you want to call them since one was built in Downtown Binghamton. Johnson City has has a roundabout for a long time, although the current one was much smaller.
Now, we have four - Riverside Drive Johnson City, Court Street Binghamton, and the two newest editions on Upper Front Street Binghamton. I can understand that for some, it can be a bit stressful to drive on at first. getting used to what lane you need to be in and what lane to exit from in such a short amount of time can be confusing.
But first, you need to make sure that you aren't pulling into the roundabout if other vehicles are already in the circle heading past you. Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy.
Now here's a question I had. When it comes time to exit the roundabout, do you need to signal your intention? To be honest, I haven't. So, I checked the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website for answers.
Once you have entered the roundabout, proceed counterclockwise to your exit. You now have the right-of-way. As you approach your exit, turn on your right turn signal. Exit the roundabout, yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk. - NYS DMV
Okay, so you do need to use your turn signal upon exiting the roundabout. And as a pedestrian, while you have the right of way, be sure to pay attention. It's just my opinion, but I wouldn't trust vehicles in a roundabout to stop. The NYS DMV recommends pedestrians "cross the crosswalk one lane at a time, using the splitter island as a refuge area before crossing the next lane."
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