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ILLUSTRATION CINDY LUBINIC 20 | CAA MAGAZINE how to . 1. Pay attention As you approach the roundabout, slow down safely and think about where you want to go. If you're not sure what exit to take, look for a road sign that shows the streets that feed in and out of the roundabout. 2. Pick your lane Larger roundabouts will have multiple lanes. There will be signs that indicate where each lane leads. Try your best to use the correct lane for your destination: choose the left lane to turn left or go straight and choose the right lane to turn right or go straight. Don't stop—unless it's to avoid a collision—and don't change lanes. If you miss your exit, do another lap of the roundabout until you come across your exit. 3. Watch for pedestrians You'll often find crosswalks before and after roundabouts. Just like at any other crossing zone, stop if you see someone. "Pedestrians are number one," says Sufyan Mirza, an instructor with A1 Academy of Driving based in Ancaster, Ont. 4. Always yield It's the golden rule: before you enter, you must yield to any vehicles already in the roundabout. If the coast is clear, you don't need to stop. Always venture into and out of the roundabout carefully —not like it's the final turn of the Indy 500. 5. Drive counterclockwise This is the golden rule, part two. In Canada, and other right-hand-drive countries, you must travel counterclockwise around a roundabout. If you venture clockwise, you'll be heading into oncoming traffic. 6. Use your turn signals Just like a four-way intersection, you need to signal in a roundabout. That's often news to many people. "Most of the students I train, they tell me that their parents are like, 'Why are you signalling?'" Mirza says. He then explains to them that it's mandatory to do so. Before you enter the roundabout, signal right if you're going right, signal left if you're going left and don't signal at all if you're going straight. That's simple enough, but there's one caveat: if you're going straight or turning left, you must signal right as you exit the roundabout. That lets other drivers know where you're going and allows them to plan accordingly. 7. Drive defensively Once you're in the roundabout, give yourself plenty of space and be on the lookout for wayward drivers. Keep in mind that not every driver knows how to navigate a roundabout, so be alert and cautious of those around you. YOUR TURN Seven tips for navigating a roundabout by ANDREW RAVEN FOR DRIVERS accustomed to four-way intersections, the sudden appearance of a roundabout can be confusing, to say the least. You might immediately wonder: do I need to stop? Should I use a turn signal? What lane should I be in? Are there even lanes? To answer these common questions, we put together a seven-step primer to help you navigate roundabouts with confidence.

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