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How to drive at a roundabout

Roundabouts have several exit points. Enter a roundabout only when there is a safe gap in the traffic and no risk of a crash.

When turning left at a roundabout, approach from the left lane, indicate/signal left, stay in the left lane and exit in the left lane.

Turning left - single lane                           Two or more lanes

          Turning left - single lane                                                       Two or more lanes

When turning right at a roundabout, approach from the right lane, indicate/ signal right and stay in the right lane. Indicate/ signal left, if practicable, as you are passing the exit before the one you wish to use. When leaving the roundabout, exit in the right lane.

Turning right - single lane                                Two or more lanes

       Turning right - single lane                                                   Two or more lanes

You do not need to indicate/ signal when you are approaching a roundabout if you are going straight ahead. Unless the road markings show otherwise, approach the roundabout from either the left or right lane and drive in that lane throughout the roundabout. Indicate/signal left if practicable, as you are passing the exit before the one you wish to use. Exit in the same lane in which you entered (that is, exit in the left lane if you entered in the left lane or the right lane if you entered the roundabout in the right lane).

Going straight ahead - single lane                            Two or more lanes      

Going straight ahead - single lane                                         Two or more lanes

If you are using the roundabout to make a full turn (‘U’ turn), that is, to turn back into the same road from which you entered the roundabout, follow the instructions for turning right.

Full turn - single lane                            Two or more lanes

              Full turn - single lane                                                 Two or more lanes

Generally, take care when you drive in a roundabout, especially when you are changing lanes and leaving it.

Watch out for:

- vehicles that are leaving the roundabout;

- vehicles that are making a full turn;

- and - bicycles, long vehicles and motorcycles.