Roundabouts – How to use them!
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.