BEAUFORT, S.C. - Roundabouts are being built in communities across South Carolina but they can be confusing to some drivers.
Now traffic engineers in Beaufort County are offering a brochure that helps motorists navigate roundabouts and describes why they are safer than traditional intersections with lights or stop signs.
A study by the state Department of Transportation last spring found that in roundabouts there were 71 percent fewer accidents and 71 percent fewer fatalities.
Part of what makes roundabouts safer is that there are fewer opportunities for vehicles to collide and that motorists tend to drive more slowly through roundabouts than through traditional intersections.
The brochure is available online.