Roundabouts are typically larger than the traffic circles you might find in residential or small streets. They may contain more than one lane—perfect examples are the two located near UBC.
Pay special attention to the signs before heading into a roundabout because you need to know which lanes allow you to go where. Make sure you know exactly where you are wanting to go because once you are in the circle, things can get really confusing.
Again, as you approach the roundabout make sure you know where you are going. Correctly use the road markings on the ground to assist you. If you are headed straight or left, then you need to stay in the left lane. If you are headed straight or right, then stay in the right lane. There is no need to signal as you enter these roundabouts.
Slow down as you approach the roundabout and check your rear view mirror. Make sure you shoulder check over your right shoulder to check for cyclists.
The recommended speed at the roundabouts at UBC is 30km/h. I would recommend a bit slower if you are completely new to this: aim for 20-25km/h.
Check and yield to any pedestrians crossing or about to cross the street. After pedestrians are done crossing, make sure you yield to any cars or trucks already in the roundabout.
If there are no vehicles oncoming, then enter the roundabout in a counter clockwise direction. Do not change lanes in the middle of the roundabout as this can be extremely dangerous.
When you are driving in the roundabout, try to avoid driving beside large buses or trucks because they need a lot more space than a regular car to turn.
When you are ready to exit the roundabout, signal right to exit. As you are exiting the roundabout, make sure you again yield to any pedestrians crossing or is about to cross.
As always, look further ahead and assess the situation so you are never surprised when you get to the roundabout.
Driving into traffic circles and roundabouts can get really confusing really fast. Work with your driving instructor or supervisor closely to better understand how the traffic flows in these intersections.
Please feel free to contact us at SenSen Driving School if you have any questions or concerns. We would be more than happy to assist you.