Intersections

At any intersection, slow down and take a good look in all directions. Look for other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians, before you enter, turn or cross at any intersection.

Roundabouts

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-laned or multi-laned. The number of roads that come into a roundabout can range from three to five or even more.

The operating speed at roundabouts are usually 20-30km/h, unless it is a large roundabout on a motorway where it would be designed for higher speeds. The main object is to keep traffic moving, even if it is at a slower pace. Once vehicles come to a standstill, it takes time for the traffic to move again.

Single-laned Roundabouts

When you come up to a roundabout that has only one lane in each direction:

Slow down as you come up to the roundabout and be prepared to give way.
Give way to all vehicles that will cross your path from your right as you enter the roundabout.

Multi-laned Roundabouts

Most roundabout that have more than one lane in each direction are marked with lanes and arrows, which help you enter and leave the roundabout. The lane markings and arrows will tell you which lane to use.

Not all roundabouts are marked the same way, so take extra care - especially at the exits. If you need to cross from one lane to another near an exit, give way to any vehicles in the lane that you want to enter.

When coming up to a multi-laned roundabout:

Slow down as you come up to the roundabout and be prepared to give way.
Be in the correct lane for where you want to go.
Give way to all vehicles that will cross your path from your right as you enter the roundabout.

Signal Use at Roundabouts

If you are turning left at the first exit of a roundabout:
Signal left as you come up to the roundabout.

If you are 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.

Look out for cyclists who may find it difficult to maintain a turn signal on a roundabout and are exempt from this requirement.

IMPORTANT

At roundabout, look out for vehicles that:

May have to change lanes to exit
May not be able to stay in their lane because they are:
Large ( for example, buses)
Travelling too fast

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RURAL DRIVING TIPS

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  • When travelling in the country, watch out for changing conditions and decrease your speed to compensate for these conditions.

  • It may also take some time for an ambulance or rescue team to get to you.
    Many rural areas have NO or poor cell phone reception.

  • The road engineering differs in rural places where there can be narrow and unsealed roads.

  • There are narrow bridges, ditches and or trenches and trees all over our rural road network, which increase the risk of injury or death in crashes.

  • Driving around stock? Wait for the instructions from the farm staff to drive on.

  • If you have the head lights on, turn them off.

  • If they stop, rev the engine but do NOT blow the horn or make other loud sounds

  • Keep left and slowly drive through.

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