Navigating a roundabout

June 5, 2019

It seems no one knows exactly how to drive when in a roundabout. It’s been the start of a lot of arguments and debates in the backseat- driving department, but who has really got the right idea?

 

Here is a very helpful diagram to refresh your memory, making sure we are all on the same track.

 


The following tips are courtesy of Arrive Alive:


Approaching a roundabout:


• On approaching a roundabout take notice and act on all the information available to you, including traffic signs, traffic lights and lane markings which direct you into the correct lane.
• A roundabout is designed to be driven at low speed. Entering and travelling through a roundabout at higher speed is difficult and could be unsafe.
• As you enter the roundabout, traffic coming from your right has right of way. This means that traffic streaming into the roundabout from the entrance to your right will keep coming as long as no one is coming from their right.
• These cars may not even slow down as they enter the roundabout, because they have the right of way. You must stop and wait until there is a break in traffic. Watch out for other traffic in the roundabout
• Always keep an eye on the vehicle in front as you’re about to emerge. Don’t assume the driver won’t have to stop while you’re still looking right. Many rear-end collisions happen this way. Make sure the vehicle has actually moved away.
• Signal your intent to other drivers when entering, going around and exiting the circle.
• If you miss your turn, just go around again. Avoid swerving at the last minute.

 

To Turn Left (taking the first exit)


• signal left and approach in the left-hand lane
• keep to the left on the roundabout and continue signalling left to leave.

 

To go straight on (taking the second exit)


• select the appropriate lane on approach to and on the roundabout. If no marking on the road it is usually safest to keep to the left lane
• stay in this lane until you need to alter course to exit the roundabout
• signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want.

 

To Turn Right (taking the last exit or third exit )


• signal right and approach in the right-hand lane
• keep to the right on the roundabout until you need to change lanes to exit the roundabout
• signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want.

 

 

 

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