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How can you navigate a roundabout safely?

Using a roundabout safely can help prevent accidents. If you're hit by someone who drives erratically or makes a mistake in a roundabout, you'll be the one who has to take the time to reach out to your lawyer, file a claim and spend time recovering. Here are a few tips for navigating roundabouts safely.

How should you approach a roundabout?

First, make sure you slow down when you approach. While the roundabout does help keep the flow of traffic moving smoothly, there's still a chance that you'll need to stop. Think about what lane you want to get into, and make sure you enter that lane appropriately. If you get into the wrong lane, you should travel around the roundabout to switch or get off at the next exit and turn around.

Are pedestrians normally near roundabouts?

Look for pedestrians trying to cross the road when you exit the roundabout; many times, crosswalks are placed at the exits. While you do have the right of way in most cases, pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right of way when they're on the road.

What should you do if there are trucks or other large vehicles in the roundabout with you?

If there are large vehicles around you, remember to give them space to maneuver. You shouldn't pass another vehicle in a roundabout, either, as this can cause collisions or confusion when you switch lanes.

Remember to always signal your exit, so drivers behind you know where you're going. Slow down with enough time for the people behind you to slow safely as well.

Source: Government of Ontario, "How to Use Roundabouts," accessed July 21, 2016

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