Keeping it simple, roundabout in Sooke
As a former motorcycle safety instructor teaching this stuff (and then some), I can keep it pretty simple when discussing the roundabout in Sooke. In a nutshell, treat our simple, single-lane roundabout as two consecutive but distinctly separate intersections: first, enter the roundabout, and second, exit.
First intersection (or, entering the roundabout):
- As you approach the roundabout, slow down and signal LEFT to enter.
- The ONLY exception to this is if you are IMMEDIATELY taking the first right exit.
- In this case, signal right.
- Yield to pedestrians. Stop as required.
- Yield to vehicles. Stop as required.
- Inhale. Enter the roundabout. Drive no faster than the vehicle in front of you.
- As you approach your exit, signal RIGHT.
- The point at which you signal is just before your exit and just after any other exit not taken.
- This precision prevents misunderstandings. Misunderstanding cause accidents.
- This is the trickiest part of navigating a single-lane roundabout. If you can do this, you can do anything.
- Yield to pedestrians. Stop as required. Breath as required.
- Exit the roundabout. Exhale.
And before you get all exasperated about the number of times you may have to signal (twice), keep it in perspective: it’s only a small finger movement that burns less than one calorie (est.). Pop a Werthers before you drive, and you’ll come out ahead in the caloric race.
Also, keep in mind that you will probably be travelling no faster than 5 km per hour in said roundabout, so yes, you can do all that (signal, look, drive) in that short of a space. If you can’t, it’s probably because you are going to fast. Slow down.
Following is a video from BC
Here’s a video from BC’s Ministry of Transportation. It’s pretty straight forward, though it deals with only one exit point.
Next up is also a video from Alberta
WARNING: If you are already afraid of roundabout, I wouldn’t recommend watching this as it may seem like an inundation of information. Also, it deals with a double-lane roundabout so much of what they discuss is not relevant to Sooke.
If you are going to brave watching the following video, pay attention to when the vehicles put on their signal light. That, by far, is the best demonstration I have seen to date of exactly when to signal.
Let the discussion begin!
–Britt Santowski, SPN