The essence of having roundabouts is for intersections to be safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists who are using the road. There are two types of roundabouts, namely:
- Multi-lane roundabouts
- Single lane roundabouts
What People Should Know About Driving on Roundabouts
- They should avoid driving next to oversized vehicles
- They should always keep to their lane and avoid changing
- There is no stopping on roundabouts
- They should yield to other drivers
Driving on Single Lane Roundabouts
Before reaching a roundabout, there will be a sign which gives an advisory on the speed limit. If you are approaching a roundabout, you should slow down and check if pedestrians are using the crosswalk.
Your focus should be on your left, and you should make way to the traffic which has already built up at the roundabout.
When you see space in the traffic, it is your chance to get into the circle and go to the exit. If there is no traffic, you can enter the roundabout without having to yield.
Make sure you are looking out for pedestrians and that your turn signals are on before you make an exit. Always ensure that you are in the correct lane.
Driving on Multi-Lane Roundabouts
When you are on a multi-lane roundabout, there will be two signs as you get towards the intersection. One will be the yellow sign which signals that there is a roundabout ahead. There will be another one that is black and white to show that you can choose a lane.
You should choose the lane you drive into, just the same way as you do when getting into a traditional multi-lane intersection.
If you want to go straight or on the right, you should be on the right. To go straight or left, you should be in the left lane. If you want to make a U-turn, you should be in the left lane.