Traffic circles: What are they for, and how to navigate them


Traffic circles are typically found in residential neighborhoods and/or small streets. The purpose of traffic circles in intersections is to slow down traffic without using two-way or four-way stops to stop the flow of traffic.

As you approach the traffic circle, slow down and check your rear view mirror. Do a shoulder check over your right shoulder to make sure there are no cyclists in your blind spot. You’re going to turn right and head into the traffic circle and then turn right again to exit the circle.

You must yield to anyone already in the circle. If two people arrive at the same time, then you must yield to the car on the right.

If your intention is to turn right at the intersection, then you need to signal right. If your intention is to go straight around the traffic circle, then you don’t need to signal. If you are intending to turn left, then you would signal left from the beginning.

Of course, you should always watch out for pedestrians because they have the right of way. The recommended speed heading into a traffic circle is 15-20km/h.

Typically before you enter the traffic circle, there will be a sign to warn you that it will be coming ahead.


As always, please feel free to contact us at SenSen Driving School if you have any questions or concerns. We would be more than happy to discuss this with you.

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