Roundabouts in France
|The first rule in French driving is "yield to the right".
The vast majority of roundabouts have yield signs at the entrance so that those in the roundabout have
right-of-way, but if you ever do find one with no yield sign, the people entering have right-of-way.
|Some general rules about roundabouts. First, only the outside lane may exit the roundabout.
If you need to make a "left turn" or a U turn, in a multi-lane roundabout, use the inside
lane. Change to the outside lane just before exiting (yielding to anyone in that lane, of course!).
This is easier said than done, depending on how large the roundabout is. If you want to go right
or straight through a roundabout, just stay in the outside lane. Second, use your turn signals
for lane changes just like on the normal road. Third, all roundabouts move counter-clockwise.
There will be blue circle arrow signs indicating that you must turn right when you enter.
Once you learn the rules of roundabouts, you'll notice that no one actually follows them. But
don't let that discourage you. Roundabouts can be a very efficient form of intersection for
In French, a roundabout is referred to as a "rond point" (literally "round point")
or a "carrefour à sens giratoire", especially in the driving test, which uses more