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How to deal with roundabouts.
Love them or hate them, roundabouts are everywhere and it’s important to understand roundabouts if you’re going to pass your driving test and be a safe driver. With this step-by-step guide we’ll show you what lane you will need for turning left, right and going ahead at a roundabout. We’ll also give you tips as to when you can go onto a roundabout safely and not hesitate.
A crucial part of roundabouts is being prepared as you approach them and knowing where you’re going and which lane you’ll need.
Roundabouts come in a variety of sizes, sometimes with multiple exits, lanes and traffic lights.
How to approach a roundabout.
Firstly, make sure that you get into position early (as explained below). Approach the roundabout carefully and make use of the MSM routine (mirror, signal, manoeuvre). Look early to your right and ahead, giving way to your right.
Keep a look out for vulnerable road users including cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. Pedestrian crossings can also be found near the entrances or exits of a roundabout.
If the roundabout is clear then make sure that you go, don’t hesitate. Try to anticipate where other drivers are going that are already on the roundabout. Watch where the driver is looking, their position and speed. If you notice them leaving the roundabout to the exit where you’re coming from then there might be an opportunity for you to join. Don’t rely on other drivers signals as they often signal incorrectly or not at all.
See below for our video on when to go onto a roundabout. This video is vital if you find yourself hesitating at a roundabout. We’ll talk you through how to anticipate other drivers at roundabouts so that you won’t hesitate and instead you’ll be taking every opportunity to go.