How to be safe at a traffic circle

The upgrading of the R573 Moloto Road has introduced roundabouts (also known as traffic circles) as a speed calming measure to reduce crashes.

The roundabouts are a much safer design compared with other intersections, such as T-junctions or four-way crossings.

They have the advantage of reducing conflict points, achieving traffic calming in that they compel traffic to reduce speed but not come to a complete stop, which is essentially an advantage for vehicles and other road users.

What to do at a roundabout

  • Remember to slow down when approaching a roundabout; in principle you are not required to stop, however you should slow down and pay attention to other vehicles and road users
  • Always signal your intention to turn left or right in time to give other road-users enough notice
  • You don’t need to indicate if you are going straight, but you need to be on the lookout for other vehicles
  • Always pay attention to all traffic lights, signage and road markings
  • When entering a roundabout you must slow down or stop to give right of way to other vehicles already in the roundabout
  • Large vehicles like trucks or buses may need to use more than one lane to turn, be patient and give them enough room to pass before you proceed
  • If you miss a turn, don’t panic; avoid sudden breaking or reversing; kindly proceed around the circle until you come to the correct point

SANRAL will continue to prioritise safety in the design and construction of South Africa’s road network to ensure efficiency and improved quality of life for all.