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How To Use Roundabouts

How To Use Roundabouts

Gary Lamb, a driving instructor of over twenty years shows VideoJug users a basic routine for using roundabouts correctly. Follow this step by step guide, and you'll soon feel confident with roundabouts on your route.

Step 1: The process

As with all junctions roundabouts require the Mirrors Signal Manoeuvre routine on approach. The manoeuvre is broken down into 3 sections; Position, Speed and Look.
- Position the car depending on what exit you are intending to take.
- Slow your speed by easing off the gas pedal, braking sufficiently and then select the appropriate gear to match your speed
- and Look. What do you see? Is it safe to go or do you have to give way to other traffic?

Step 2: First exit

When approaching roundabouts positioning is crucial, it helps to tell people what your intentions are. If you are taking the first exit, keep to the left side of the road, and indicate left.

Stay in the left lane when using the roundabout ready to easily leave at the first exit

Step 3: Straight on

If you are going straight ahead, again keep left but don't indicate.

Stay to the left hand lane on the roundabout. Indicate left after you have passed the exit before the one you want. Make good use of your nearside door mirror ensuring you there is no one who will be inconvenienced by you turning off.

Step 4: Turning Right

If you're turning right, stay over to the right on your approach and indicate as such.

Keep to the right lane on the roundabout until you need to change lanes to exit. Indicate left after you have passed the exit before the one you want.

Once you have left the roundabout, make sure your signal has been cancelled and check for following traffic in your mirrors.

Step 5: Other roundabouts

Mini-roundabouts follow the same Highway Code rules as normal roundabouts. When it comes to multiple and satellite roundabouts systems, deal with each separately, treating it as you would treat a normal roundabout.