Round­about re­fresher course

Stanstead Journal - - LEN NOXVILLE NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

With­new round­abouts be­ing built in the re­gion, there are eight to date, the Trans­port de­part­ment would like to re­mind peo­ple about their proper us­age.

When ap­proach­ing a round­about, first slow down; the rec­om­mended speed within a round­about is only 25 km/hr. En­ter the round­about smoothly, with­out cut­ting off the ve­hi­cles al­ready in the round­about, in a counter-clockwise di­rec­tion. Usu­ally a look to the left while slow­ing down will al­low you to en­ter the round­about with­out prob­lem. At times, when the traf­fic is very heavy, a driver may have to stop com­pletely be­fore en­ter­ing the round­about. It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber to never stop once in­side a round­about, even if you miss your exit. Just con­tinue to go around un­til you reach your exit again.

There are many ad­van­tages to round­abouts. Be­cause drivers have to slow down to use them, there are fewer ac­ci­dents. They re­place red stop lights, re­mov­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of a high speed col­li­sion if a driver runs a red light. Traf­fic flow is im­proved be­cause drivers rarely have to come to a com­plete stop. En­vi­ron­men­tally speak­ing, round­abouts re­duce noise pol­lu­tion since heavy trucks use their brakes less and they slightly re­duce gas con­sump­tion.

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