Traffic circles: Who goes and who not

2017-06-22 06:01
=The red yield sign at a mini circle means the first vehicle to cross the line has the right of way.

=The red yield sign at a mini circle means the first vehicle to cross the line has the right of way.

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Traffic circles have a way to confuse motorists.

Some know the rules - some not. Then some think they know and usually lose their temper, but in fact are the fools not knowing the difference between a mini circle and a traffic circle.

There are two different kinds of traffic circles in Nelson Mandela Metropole, the single lane mini circles and the larger two lane traffic circles or roundabouts.

There is a new mini traffic circle in Cuyler Street near the traffic department to improve the Cuyler and Mitchell Street intersection and also to serve as a traffic calming measure. There are no roundabouts or two- lane traffic circles in Uitenhage.

How to go around

.Mini circle : first come - first go

Mini circles, like the new one in Cuyler Street, have a red and white upside-down triangular board indicating traffic to proceed in a clockwise direction.

This means motorists approaching a mini circle have to slow down and give way to vehicles that have already crossed any yield line. In other words, first come – first go!

Mini circles are similar to a four-way stop, with the only difference that you do not have to stop, but slow down.

So, when it is a single lane circle with a red regulatory yield sign then it’s a mini circle: First come – first go!

.Traffic circle/Roundabout:

right go - left stay

The traffic regulatory sign at a traffic circle/roundabout is round and blue of colour indicating traffic to rotate clockwise.

Traffic circles or roundabouts have two marked lanes. On approaching a traffic circle/roundabout, slow down or stop and always give right of way to traffic coming from your right.

In other words: right go – left stay.

Traffic circles or roundabouts are usually found at busy crossings to assist in traffic flow by giving way to the right. As you have to switch from lanes, motorists should always use indicators to signal when they are going to turn either to exit the circle or to change to the inner lane.

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