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Traffic Roundabouts: Increasing Your Level of Comfort
Roundabouts are becoming common in Canada; they lead to less traffic flow disruptions, and a reduction of “head on” and “t-bone” collisions. And they aren’t that complicated if you follow some basic strategies:
- Know your exit street name/direction before entering the roundabout.
- Watch for pedestrians and cross walk placement before entering.
- As you slowly enter, look to your left and yield to circling drivers.
- Follow the corresponding lane on a two-lane road; inside circle is for cars entering from and exiting to the left lane, outside circle for right.
- Only change lanes if safe to do so; check your mirrors and use signals.
- Avoid overtaking slower vehicles. This is not the place for high speed.
- If you miss your exit, simply stay in the roundabout and circle again.
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Retired Police Sergeant Bob Paterson works closely with The McLennan Group to develop and share practical, economical safety tips for Canadians 50-plus. To read and print out all tips and view Sergeant Bob’s appearance schedule, visit Senior Safety Tips online.