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How to drive around a Roundabout in Barbados

Roundabouts are designed to make intersections safer and more efficient for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. As Roundabouts are an integral part of the traffic system in Barbados, it is important to understand how to use them safely.

There are a few things to remember about driving Roundabouts

  • Yield to drivers in the Roundabout
  • Stay in your lane; do not change lanes
  • Do not stop in the Roundabout
  • Avoid driving next to oversize vehicles

For further driving instructions, please review the information below. 



What side do I drive on? 


Firstly, please note that as a former British colony, driving in Barbados is based on the British system - that is to say 'PLEASE drive on the left!' The steering wheel of most vehicles is positioned on the right hand side of the vehicle. 



How many lanes? 


Roundabouts in Barbados have two lanes: 

(1) The Outside Lane (left most lane): is generally used by those vehicles wishing to exit at the first left exit road. 
(2) The Inside Lane: is used by those vehicles wishing to exit at the second or third exit road. 

Please note some drivers also use the outside lane to access the second exit, while this is not a recommended practice, it is important to exercise caution when using roundabouts. 



Flow of Traffic and Navigating Roundabouts 


All traffic flows around roundabouts in a clockwise direction. Once you have selected your lane, watch for pedestrians in the crosswalk as you approach the roundabout. Look right and wait for a break in traffic before merging with the oncoming vehicles. Remember, in a multi-lane roundabout, you must yield to both lanes of traffic. Leave the circle by using your indicator and turn left onto the road of your choice. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter without yielding. 

Each Roundabout in Barbados has signage. Some Roundabouts have been honoured with the name of a prominent Barbadian. These signs therefore assist drivers with navigation of the island and are also a medium through which public recognition and island pride are shown for individuals who have made a positive contribution to the development of the island. 

If you are unsure or have any questions about driving in Barbados, please remember to ask our car hire representative when collecting your hire car.

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