How to Drive Through Roundabouts :: Driving Lesson to Pass A Road Test


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Introduction 0:03
World Roundabouts 2:19
North America & Roundabouts 3:53
Approaching Roundabouts & Signalling 4:37
Roundabout Signs 6:15
Truck Aprons 7:11
Mini-Roundabouts 8:00
Signalling 8:34
Multi-Lane Roundabouts 12:02
In-Vehicle (Right, Straight, Left & U-Turns) – 14:10
Conclusion 18:21
Question – Do you have any tips for new drivers learning to navigate roundabouts? 22:56
Salutations 23:13
Blooper 23:46

Are you taking a road test in a car, bus, or big truck?

In Australia, China, the UAE (United Arab Emirates), Europe and the UK (United Kingdom) roundabouts are commonplace. However, in North America, roundabouts are only beginning to make an appearance on the driving landscape. Consequently, new & veteran drivers alike have difficulty negotiating these new roadway structures.

Probably the biggest challenge for the uninitiated driver is that at roundabouts you have to be prepared to both stop and go…more or less at the same time. Thus, the key to successfully navigating roundabouts is to scan and observe well in advance. And as you’re approaching the roundabout and scanning, “cover the brake”, that way if a vehicle barges into the roundabout, you’ve cut down your reaction time and can bring the vehicle to a safe stop.

Roundabouts have several advantages:

1) Roundabouts have fewer points of conflict; therefore there are fewer crashes than at conventional intersections
2) These move higher number of vehicles through an intersection
3) Because vehicles are not stopping, these reduce urban noise.

When negotiating roundabouts, locate the roundabout as far down the road as possible. Slow to the recommended speed. Take note of the direction in the roundabout, which is indicated by signs and arrows. If driving on the right, the direction is counter-clockwise; if on the left, the direction is clockwise. Take note of any signage or road markings that direct traffic through the roundabout.

Importantly, have a plan before you begin driving and know where you want to travel. With good planning, you’re going to be able to successfully navigate the roundabout because you know where you’re going and which direction you want to travel in the roundabout.

When navigating the roundabout, cut the circle in half. For those driving on the right side of the road, everything on the right side of the roundabout will be either a right turn, or a straight through. Everything on the left side of the half-circle will either be a left turn or a ‘U’ turn.

When signalling at a roundabout, it is the same as you would signal at a conventional intersection. If you are going to turn right, signal right as you approach the roundabout. If you are going to turn left or make a ‘U’ turn, signal left as you are approaching the roundabout. If you are proceeding straight through, you don’t have to signal.

When exiting the roundabout, signal right “if practicable”. “If practicable” means if you can do it signal right just prior to exiting the roundabout.

If an emergency vehicle appears when you’re in the roundabout, do NOT stop in the roundabout. Exit the roundabout at the earliest possible exit and stop there. With this technique you are not going to block the path of the emergency vehicle.

Good luck on your road test!

World Driving: How to deal with roundabouts driving lesson: Easy to understand UK roundabouts:

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  1. Excellent explanation of roundabouts in this video! Thanks for reminding me to watch this video to help me understand roundabouts better during one of your live streams this week. Appreciate your thorough explanations of complex driving maneuvers/situations.

  2. your videos are the best on Youtube, you are very dynamic and clear to explain everything we need to know, and you show us multiple examples . Thank you so much

  3. Hey Rick
    Great as always👍🏽
    In the learn to drive smart ICBC book, it says that we only need signal “right” to leave the roundabout. I’ve been looking in the mva for info on roundabouts but can find anything.

  4. In the Philippines we called this ROTONDA.. I never know the rules I just learned them by instinct growing up. Also we talk with our horn and signals 😂🤣

  5. Excellent explanation, I just ran into some 2 lane versions in carmel IN. Needless to say I was a bit confused, I think this video will help huge. Thanks

  6. Its great !!
    That means in roundabout we can proceed to right, straight with right signal on & with left signal on we can proceed left or u-turn , right ?!

  7. if theirs black ice /skidding or crash on round aboots what do u do?, is there round about in highways?
    multilane round abouts sounds dangerous

  8. 2019, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, IN has multi-lane round abouts. As I found out as an HVAC tech, indiana loves "slip lanes". Almost every multi-lane intersection in Fort Wayne has a slip lane with a yield sign.

  9. Once you are in the roundabout you have the right of way right? It’s my understanding that you just have to yield when you are going to intersect in the roundabout. Please clarify this for me. Thank you!

  10. Here in Sweden, in multi-lanes roundabouts, if we want to go left, first we have to be in the left lane and indicate left, then when leaving it is mandatory to change lane to outer lane and indicate right when leaving ….

  11. Great video, but you did miss one VERY important point when it comes to multi-lane roundabouts.

    If you're in the inside lane in a roundabout and you're coming up to the exit you want to take, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY over another vehicle that's in the outside lane that wishes to pass this exit and move on to the next one – they're required to slow (or stop) to let you cut in front of them to exit. This is counter-intuitive to most North American drivers but it does make sense.

    The right-of-way rules in the roundabout go like this:

    1) Vehicles LEAVING the roundabout ALWAYS have right of way.
    2) Vehicles IN the roundabout and continuing to the next exit have second priority.
    3) Vehicles wishing to ENTER the roundabout have least priority (thus the Yield or GIve Way signs at the entrance)

  12. Great video! Wish I knew about this roundabout before, First time driving to one those, did not know what to do, I slow down, stop, Was on the right lane, going straight, a car came from no where, in front of me, I hit his side, my left side from the driver side got damage, pretty bad, Officer came, and game me a citation, comment was, I didn't stop long enough, Still pretty upset, I truly don't like this roundabout, but happy to watch this video, because, I guess, I better get use to it

  13. You're awesome Rick! Just came across the multilane roundabouts in Brantford Ontario. This video makes so much sense. Thank you!!

  14. I grew up on rotaries in Masachusetts and they're not much different from roundabouts except the roundabouts are a lot slower and safer.

  15. My son helped me out by telling me; Remember, Mom, R-oundabout, R-ight( get it? ) You have to go right first to go straight or left! Right?

  16. I have a question at 16:30, how is it possible that the car right in front of you is going from right to left?

  17. I am used to double lane traffic circles , roundabouts don't seem much different other than, size and number of lanes. I am from Canada.

  18. You come into them fast and hot pitch it sideways and drift around it about 4 times then whip it the other way out! 🙂 haha hope you enjoy the humor!


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