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How to use traffic circles:  roundabouts vs mini circles        

Warning sign W201:  Circle Ahead



When advance visibility of a roundabout sign R137 or yield at mini circle sign R2.2 is inadequate, or the traffic circle may be unexpected, the use of warning sign W201 is applicable.  Drivers should take into account the stopping distance requirements of approaching vehicles to such a circle, slow down and be prepared to stop.

Regulatory sign R137:  Roundabout



The roundabout regulatory sign R137 imposes a mandatory requirement that drivers entering a roundabout shall turn to the left and shall travel  round the roundabout in a clockwise direction, and it imposes a mandatory requirement that drivers entering a roundabout shall yield right-of-way to traffic approaching from the right, within the round-about, where such traffic is so close as to constitute a danger or potential danger.

Regulatory sign R2.2:  Yield at Mini Circle



The yield at mini circle regulatory sign R2.2 imposes a mandatory requirement that drivers of vehicles approaching a mini circle shall yield right of way to any vehicle which will cross any YIELD LINE marking RTM2 at such junction before them, and which, in the normal course of events, will cross the path of such driver's vehicles, and that the driver shall move in a clockwise direction in such junction and attempt not to encroach on the mini circle.

In Plain English      

Essentially what this means is that the first vehicle to cross the line has the right of way. This works in much the same way as a four way stop.

Who has the right of way?

Example



In the above example Vehicle 2 has the right of way even though Vehicle 1 is to the right. This is because Vehicle 2 has crossed the line first.  (If this was a roundabout, vehicle 1 would have had right of way.)

Indicating Your Intentions

Most mini circles are too small, often just a "dot" in the road, to allow for turn signaling as in a roundabout. The rule is therefore different to a roundabout.

When approaching a mini circle one should indicate their desired direction of travel before entering the circle.                  

Turning Right

Indicate with the right turn signal before entering the circle so that other traffic is aware of where you want to exit.



Turning Left

Indicate with the left turn signal before entering the circle so that other traffic is aware of where you want to exit.



Proceeding Straight

When proceeding straight it is not necessary to indicate.        



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