Roundabout respect

A roundabout is a central island in the middle of an intersection, where all vehicles must travel to the left of the island. Roundabouts can be small, large, single-lane or multi-lane. The number of roads that come into a roundabout can range from three to five or even more.

Hamilton is a city full of roundabouts and we all need to remember to respect those around us and follow the road rules. Roundabouts can get really busy - especially at peak times in the morning.

Driver behaviour and know-how is the most important part of making sure roundabouts are safe and efficient. Not indicating, using the wrong lane, blocking 'keep clear' zones and going too fast are the main problems for drivers. When everyone shows some Roundabout Respect everyone wins.

Let's improve. How to use a roundabout correctly

Most roundabouts have more than one lane in each direction, and these are marked with lanes and arrows which help drivers enter and leave the roundabout correctly.

Not all roundabouts are marked the same way, so take extra care – especially at the exits. 

​When coming up to a multi-lane roundabout:
  • slow down, and be prepared to give way
  • be in the correct lane for where you w​ant to go.

 Signal use at roundabouts

​​If you're turning left at the first exit of a roundabout:
  • signal left as you come up to the roundabou​t.

If you are going 'straight' through a roundabout:

  • don't signal as you come up to the roundabout
  • signal left as you pass the exit before the one you wish to take.
​​If you're travelling more than halfway around a roundabout:
  • signal right as you come up to the roundabout
  • signal left as you pass the exit before the one you wish to take.​

To learn more visit http://myhcc.nz/roundabout​​

Page reviewed: 17 Jul 2017 2:52pm