Roundabout

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Movement within a roundabout in a country where traffic drives on the left. Note the clockwise circulation.

A roundabout (also known as a traffic island) is a road circle joining three or more roads. Drivers follow a simple rule to avoid crashes.

In countries that drive on the left:

At the island, give way to traffic coming from your right.

The driver goes round the island in a clockwise direction.

In countries that drive on the right:

At the island, give way to traffic coming from your left.

The driver goes round the island in an anticlockwise direction.

Types of circular intersections[change | change source]

There are larger roundabouts that can have two to six lanes and can have traffic lights. These can sometimes be found at motorway junctions.

Gyratory system[change | change source]

The term "gyratory" (for example, Hanger Lane gyratory) is sometimes used in the United Kingdom for a larger roundabout with unusual features.