Roundabouts (2)

by Keith Gambles on October 21st, 2018

ROUNDABOUTS

Do You find Roundabouts confusing?

A lot of people do, hopefully this blog post should help to put you on the right track. The YouTube video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9dE4-uA8H0&t=262s] is for the Black Boy Roundabout in Reading, and the principles are the same for most Roundabouts, its just a case of thinking about, behind you, in front of you, and either side of you before you do anything.

Position, Mirror (including blind spot checks), signal, speed and Manoeuvre. Always double check your mirrors twice, things change fast when you are on a fast road, more checks mean that you are making sure you know exactly what is going on around you. Once you are aware of that, it becomes easier to avoid confusing others.

People very often forget that there are people on their inside whilst negotiating a Roundabout, and also seem unable to read the lane markings that are there to help you.

It’s confusing and even more so if you are not entirely sure where you are headed. If you end up in the wrong lane, continue in that lane until you can correct what you have done safely.

Take a look at the Video, it is 15 minutes long and narrates you from every joining point to every exit point about what you should do as a driver. In essence if you follow the lane markings where they go, you should not go off course or cause any significant confusion, however, that does not mean that the person in front or behind has any notion of these things!

In essence if you follow the lane markings where they go, you should not go off course or cause any significant confusion, however, that does not mean that the person in front or behind has any notion of these things! They should, but that doesn’t mean you should trust that.

Have you looked at the Highway Code recently and read what it says about Roundabouts there? Read this [https://www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/roundabouts.html] first and then take another look at the video.

The video is the starting point for any Roundabout, and should be followed no matter whether it is a full size roundabout or a mini roundabout.

Always remember that you give way to the right? If everyone remembered that piece of information and slowed down, roundabouts would work how they are supposed to.


Written by Keith Gambles