What are they?
Barbados implemented roundabouts or Traffic Circles to encourage the free flow of traffic through major intersections throughout the island. As Roundabouts are an integral part of the transportation system in Barbados, it is essential to understand how to use them safely.
What side do I drive on?
Firstly, as a former British colony, driving in Barbados is based on the British system – ‘PLEASE drive on the left!’ The steering wheel of most vehicles is positioned on the right-hand side of the car.
How many lanes?
Roundabouts in Barbados have two lanes:
(1) The Outside Lane (leftmost lane): is used by those vehicles wishing to exit at the first left exit road.
(2) The Inside Lane: is employed by those vehicles wanting to exit at the second or third exit road.
Please note some drivers also use the outside lane to access the second exit (jam-busting). While this is not a recommended practice, it is essential to exercise caution when using roundabouts.
The flow of Traffic and Navigating Roundabouts
All vehicles flow around roundabouts in a clockwise direction. Upon approaching a roundabout – SLOW DOWN! Look right and wait for a break in traffic before merging with the oncoming vehicles. Leave the circle using your indicator and turn left onto the road of your choice.
Each Roundabout in Barbados has signage. Traffic Circles are honored with the name of a prominent Barbadian. These signs assist drivers with navigation around the island.
The roundabouts are a medium through which public recognition and island pride are recognized for individuals who have made a positive contribution to the development of Barbados.
Upon leaving the airport, you may travel along the ABC Highway. ABC represents the following noted Barbadian Prime Ministers in Barbadian history:
— Tom Adams
— Errol Barrow
— Sir Hugh Gordon Sylvester Cummings
There are approximately 13 roundabouts on the ABC Highway, but the island’s traffic system includes others. Please feel free to browse those listed below for detailed information and photos.
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Last Updated: July 5th, 2022
Publisher: Totally Barbados