Buying Brevard: How to Navigate the Viera Roundabout

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How to Navigate the Viera Roundabout

How to Navigate the Viera Roundabout

roundabout view

Many people traveling through Viera have questions and concerns about how to correctly navigate the Viera roundabout.  Drivers unfamiliar with this traffic pattern are confused about which lane to choose and often do not have enough time to read all the directional signs before entering the roundabout.  Here are some traffic rules and signs to illustrate proper lane choice:

roundabout directional sign
  • Before entering, yield to drivers in the roundabout.
  • If you are turning right enter the right lane.
  • If you are turning left enter the left lane.
  • If you are going straight you may enter either lane.
  • Stay in your lane; do not change lanes.
  • In the roundabout, yield to exiting vehicles.

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Comment balloon 14 commentsLaura Forman • February 11 2011 07:37PM


Just this past year we finally got some roundabouts in our community.  While I think it puzzles people young and old, the decrease in traffic and intersection accidents is way down! 

If all else fails, just keep going around, slowly until you figure out how to exit the circle, and going slow helps.

Posted by Wanda Thomas, Billings Montana Real Estate (Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN) over 8 years ago

Laura- I remember negotiating my first roundabout in DC at DuPont Circle.  Our GPS kept telling us to take the second exit of the roundabout.  Once we figured it out, we were ok but before that... mass confusion.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

I agree that people are confused and would rather avoid it all together.  I hope the photo and explanation allow the reader to understand the traffic flow and alleviate the confusion.  It can be difficult to read the signs, and choose the correct lane in enough time before entering the roundabout.

Posted by Laura Forman, Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist (National Realty of Brevard over 8 years ago

Vail, Colorado has had roundabouts for many years, in the European tradition, but in the past few years more mountain towns, and even the cities, Denver and the Springs, have added them.  It is "interesting" watching folks get caught in them and not be able to get out, until a "local" waves them over, to their exit...I am still not entirely certain that they make things better!

Posted by c m over 8 years ago

Hi Laura-I hate roundabouts-just started here in Madison Wisconsin a few years ago--feel like I am in Mexica

Posted by Tim Peterson, Realtor Safety Training Classes (Wisconsin Realtor Safety and Concealed Carry Classes) over 8 years ago

Laura, This is a great idea to try and help people understand roundabouts.  So many people in the US  are almost terrified of them. I got used to them in the big cities in Europe with all kinds of cars flying through and no lanes marked out.  The first time I went through one, I was on my motorcycle and felt lucky to have lived through it.  Now the ones in the US seem like nothing.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) over 8 years ago

"If you are turning left enter the left lane." Probelm with that statement is that all exits on a circle are on the right!

Key rules.

1. Yield to drivers in the circle.

2. Stay in right lane, exit right lane.

3. Most of all leave the road rage at home.. :)

Posted by Marc over 8 years ago

Laura, the good thing about roundabouts is that if you miss your turn, all you have to do is go 'round again and catch it then.  I lived in England for a while and roundabouts are used even for very large intersections instead of traffic lights.  It works very well!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 8 years ago

Marc, yes the exit is on the right, but the proper way to enter when turning left is to enter the left lane.  Drivers in the roundabout must yield to exiting vehicles.

Silvia - most people have not had the everyday experience of the roundabouts commonly found in England as you have.  It really scares some people here.  At least this is one time when we have a reason for going in circles.

Posted by Laura Forman, Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist (National Realty of Brevard over 8 years ago

Laura--You may have saved some lives with your post!  Sort of kidding, but sort of not!  Roundabouts are fairly new in my area.  People either get them or they don't.  It can be pretty scary!

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) over 8 years ago

Laura - We have a few roundabouts and when they're two lanes like this people are often confused.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 8 years ago

Hi Laura -well my fears came true and I was rearened while stopping at a roundabout because there was a car entering from the left

Posted by Tim Peterson, Realtor Safety Training Classes (Wisconsin Realtor Safety and Concealed Carry Classes) about 8 years ago

Viera roundabout rules.The left and right lanes can exit the roundabout.The left lane can continue in the roundabout indefinitely.If in the right lane and want to continue in the roundabout, YOU MUST YEILD TO THE PERSON ON THE LEFT (not yelling, emphasis). The left lane has the right of way to continue or exit at each entry/exit.NOTE: pay attention to the solid and dashed lines on the roundabout road surface.NOTE: use your blinkers to declare your intention.

Posted by Safety first over 2 years ago

You MUST exit on the second exit if you are in the right lane and yield to car possibly turning left in front of you. Crazy!

Posted by Cheryl Cogswell about 2 years ago