Q: Do I have to Signal to Enter a Roundabout?

(Last Updated On: December 7, 2015)



Roundabouts are designed to keep traffic moving and improve safety at intersections. (Technically a roundabout is a traffic circle with more than one lane).


On Approach


On approach, reduce your speed to about 20 km/hr in case you need to yield to other vehicles and for good control. Look for signs and pedestrians and be prepared. You must yield to any traffic already in the roundabout. This means you will yield to your immediate left. All vehicles must enter to the right and use the roundabout in a counter-clockwise direction. You can enter the roundabout when there is a safe gap in the traffic and you feel it is safe. Once you are inside the roundabout, vehicles approaching are supposed to yield to you. Do not stop inside the roundabout unless traffic conditions require you to do so. Keep in mind that if you miss your exit you may drive in circles until you find it again.


For Going ‘Straight’


For continuing straight ahead, do not signal on approach and signal “right” before you leave.


For Going Right


For right turns, signal “right” on approach keep signal on until you are gone.


For Going Left


For left turns, signal “left” on approach and signal “right” before you leave.







Many moons ago, Carmen became an ICBC-approved driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, and has spent many years working with new and experienced drivers around the lower mainland. She can be found reading the Motor Vehicle Act for fun while receiving strange looks from others. May the quest for great driving continue!
  • Someone

    Absolutely false information! If you are turning left, you signal that intention right up until you are leaving the roundabout, then you signal right. If you are going ‘straight’ through, you don’t signal on approach, but you do signal right when leaving the roundabout. If you are turning right, signal it! If you aren’t signalling, no one else knows where you’re going and traffic slows until it’s figured out. Not signalling is what causes the hold ups and the accidents in roundabouts!

    • carmenac

      I agree a left signal is a good idea for left turns (although technically according to ICBC you need only a right signal before you leave). It’s a bad idea to trust people’s signals, especially when we have the right of way rules which state people inside the roundabout have right of way over those entering, regardless of turn signals. Thanks – I will edit this post as the wording is confusing. Not sure even why it is here as there is a very detailed posting about this already. Be clear there is a difference between traffic circles and roundabouts in terms of signalling.

    • Logan

      I know this is old now, however this is incorrect information from “Someone”. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure guidelines say that drivers are to signal right when leaving the roundabout. Signaling prior actually causes more confusion. The reason for this is because when entering a roundabout, it is viewed as a continuation of the road, therefor signaling is not needed.

      More information can be found at the link below