How Many Times Can You Drive Around A Roundabout In Iowa?
You either love them or hate them, there is no in-between. Last week I was wondering if there was a law about using your blinker when using a roundabout and today I have another one for you. I don't see any good reason why someone would want to do this but if you did want to drive around in a roundabout all day, could you?
Like most rules and regulations, a lot of times they vary from city to city, county to county, and state to state. What I found most interesting about this question was it's the exact same for every state in the U.S.
If you're using a roundabout you've never used before, it makes sense why this could happen to you, and maybe you miss your exit. You weren't sure which exit was yours or maybe you were waiting for your GPS to catch up. It shouldn't happen but missing your exit in a roundabout can happen. If you miss your exit, you can simply just keep driving in a circle and make your exit on your next try. If you miss your exit 28 times, could you get a ticket for it?
I spoke with Sergeant Fields of the Cedar Rapids Police department and he said, "there is no limit on the number of times you drive around in a roundabout anywhere in the United States."
Fix Auto USA also confirms "There is no legal limit to the number of times that you can travel around a roundabout. However, circling a roundabout more than twice may be considered careless driving."
I don't know why anyone would want to spend more time driving in a roundabout than they have to but if for whatever reason, you wanted to practice turning left all day, you legally can. You should always try and exit a roundabout correctly on your first try but if you do miss your exit 28 more times, you aren't breaking any law.
This is something I would've never believed to be true. Before looking into this I guessed that you could get some kind of careless driving ticket or loitering, anything to prevent someone from driving in circles all day. Turns out my guess was wrong and if you really need to practice your left turns, you technically can.