Roundabout refresher course
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.