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Roundabout rules

When it comes to roundabouts there are some rules to know about giving way, which lane to use and when to signal.

Here's a refresher to help everyone be clear on the rules, and some tips for how best to get around roundabouts safely.

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Saying it simply

If the lanes approaching the roundabout are marked with arrows, make sure you follow their direction.

If you're planning to turn left:

  • Approach the roundabout in the left lane or line of traffic.
  • Signal left as you approach the roundabout.
  • Continue to signal left as you exit the roundabout.
  • Turn your indicator off after you've exited.

If you want to drive straight ahead on a roundabout:

  • You can approach without signalling.
  • But make sure you signal left as you exit if it's practical to do so.
  • Turn your indicator off after you've exited.

To make a right turn:

  • Approach the roundabout in the right lane or line of traffic.
  • Signal right as you approach the roundabout.
  • Continue to signal right until you are ready to exit.
  • Signal left before you exit the roundabout if it's practical to do so.
  • Turn your indicator off after you've exited.

Simple misunderstandings of road rules can cause a lot of grief-from near misses and minor crashes to serious injury or worse. Road rules are there for your safety so make sure you know and follow them at all times.