Driving in a Roundabout

A roundabout is a one-way circular intersection engineered to reduce congestion and maximize safety.

Navigating a Roundabout

Consider the following tips when you use Niagara's roundabouts:

  • Slow down when approaching the roundabout
  • Watch for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Keep to the right of the splitter island
  • Enter the roundabout only when there is a gap in the traffic flow
  • Vehicles in a roundabout always have the right-of-way and move in a counter clockwise direction
  • Do not pass other vehicles or cyclists in the roundabout
  • Always signal before exiting, and maintain low speeds

Drivers should beware of pedestrians and cyclists crossing the road as you exit the roundabout. Ensure you obey all posted signage at the intersection.

Large Vehicles

If you enter a roundabout in a large truck (such as a transport truck) it's important for you to give other vehicles plenty of space.

Make use of the "truck apron" around the centre island when turning.

Emergency Vehicles and Roundabouts

If you have not entered the roundabout: pull over and allow the emergency (police, fire or ambulance) vehicle to pass.

If you have entered the roundabout Do not stop - continue to your exit and then pull over and allow the emergency vehicle to pass.


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