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How to use roundabouts safely. 06/03/14


Roundabouts are used by road planners to ensure that traffic flow is maximised when a number of seperate roads converge.

Unfortunately having a collision on a roundabout is an easy thing to do if you are not aware of how to use them correctly.


How to use a roundabout


As you approach it is vital that you check the road sign and the position of the exit you need to take. Also ensure that you look at the markings on the road as you may have to enter the roundabout in a specific lane.

Follow these rules as you approach and when on the roundabout:

  • Give way to traffic approaching from the right

  • Ensure you are in the correct lane for your exit

  • If your traffic lane is controlled, only proceed when the lights allow

  • If you want to take the first left exit, approach in the left lane, indicate left and leave the exit if safe to do so

  • If you are turning right or going back in the opposite direction, indicate right and approach in the right hand lane. Keep right on the roundabout until you have passed the exit before the one you intend to take, then indicate left and leave the exit if safe to do so

  • If using any other exit, you do not have to indicate on approach. Once on the roundabout stay in the correct lane until you have passed the exit before the one you want, then indicate left and leave the exit if safe to do so


When using roundabouts, be aware of the following:

  • Pedestrians may be crossing the road at entrances and exits

  • Vehicles crossing or intending to cross your path in order to exit

  • Cyclists, motorcyclists and scooters

  • Long vehicles that need to use more than one lane to manoeuvre

  • On mini-roundabouts try to steer around the centre markings where practible

  • Ensure you are aware of the vehicles around you at all times



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