Welcome to the wonderful world of Michigan's roundabouts! It's a world where you can't just barrel through an intersection like a bull in a china shop and expect to get away with it. But don't worry, my fellow Michigander, here are some tips on how to navigate these magical traffic circles without causing a 16-car pile-up.

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First off, what are roundabouts, and why are they multiplying like unchecked rabbits in spring? Well, they're circular intersections designed to keep traffic flowing smoothly and reduce the risk of accidents. But let's be real, they're also designed to confuse the hell out of some people. You can see the look of pure consternation on their faces as they attempt to navigate these counterclockwise wheels of perplexion.

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Roundabout Laws in Michigan

So what is the one rule that most Great Lake State residents can't get right about roundabouts? Always use your turn signal. I know, I know, using turn signals is sooooo hard, but it's not rocket science. The Michigan Department of Transportation, MDOT, offers the following step-by-step instructions:

How to Drive a Roundabout

Roundabouts are easy to navigate and safer than traditional intersections. Remember, traffic in the roundabout always moves counterclockwise.

  • Choose your lane before entering.
  • Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Indicate your exit by using your turn signal.
  • Use signs and pavement markings to help guide you.

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Be honest...do you or have you used your turn signal in a Michigan roundabout?

Why is MDOT Building So Many Roundabouts in Michigan?

Now I know what you're thinking: "Roundabouts are a pain in the butt". Well, sure, they can be if you're not used to them. But, according to MDOT, they're actually more cost-effective than traditional traffic signals and require less maintenance. Plus, they're proven to reduce accidents and improve traffic flow.

Opinions vary on Michigan roundabouts but, they seem to be multiplying whether we like it or not. So let's embrace the roundabout revolution with open arms and open turn signals. Follow the rules, stay alert, and don't be afraid to honk at the guy who cut you off. Who knows, we might even make Ohio jealous of our impressive roundabout skills.

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