Round­abouts – How to use them!

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Last week, the Sureté du Que­bec and the Min­istry of Trans­port held a joint press con­fer­ence to in­form the pub­lic about the ad­van­tages of round­abouts, which are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­mon in the prov­ince of Que­bec, and how to use them.

When ap­proach­ing a round­about, the first rule to fol­low is to slow down to the rec­om­mended speed of 25 km/hr. You must en­ter the round­about in a counter-clock­wise di­rec­tion, fit­ting in be­tween the cars in the round­about rather than let­ting the cars pass. Usu­ally a look to the left while ad­just­ing your speed to that of the traf­fic will al­low your ve­hi­cle to en­ter the round­about with­out any prob­lem. Oc­ca­sion­ally, when there is heavy traf­fic, a driver will have to come to a com­plete stop be­fore en­ter­ing the round­about. While in the round­about, it is im­por­tant to never stop, even if you miss your exit. Just go around again and take the exit the next time.

There are many ad­van­tages to round­abouts. In oblig­ing driv­ers to slow down, there are less ac­ci­dents. Its pres­ence im­proves the flu­id­ity of traf­fic since ve­hi­cles rarely have to come to a com­plete stop and they also don’t need to stop in or­der to make a left turn at in­ter­sec­tions. On the en­vi­ron­men­tal side, they re­duce noise since heavy trucks don’t use their brakes as of­ten, and the con­sump­tion of gas is re­duced slightly.

For more in­for­ma­tion about round­abouts you can con­sult the Trans­port Depart­ment web­site at www.mtq.gouv.qc.ca.

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