I thought I’d write a post on roundabouts for two reasons. Well, one. I used to get so confused about the lingo surrounding these roundabouts. And you’re probably thinking “WHAT CAR LINGO?” but honestly, I’m just saying this is to make myself feel better about only just grasping this (well, twenty lessons in, feel free to judge).
But if you’re confused about this, hey it’s ok. This post if for you. (And for myself too)
‘Left at the Roundabout”
Planning ahead here, you see that you need to turn left at the roundabout. Upon approaching, make sure you’re in the second gear and you have your indicator flashing left. When it’s safe to do so, exit left. This is also known as your first exit.
“Straight ahead at the Roundabout”
If you want to go straight ahead at a roundabout, make sure you’re in second gear when approaching. DON’T signal. This is so those behind you know that you’re going straight ahead at the roundabout. When it is safe to do so, drive round till you pass the first exit. Just after you pass this, turn on your left signal. This lets people behind you know that you’re leaving at the next exit i.e. going straight ahead at the roundabout. This is also your second exit. (The green dash on the diagram shows you when is the best time to signal)
“Right at the roundabout”
On approaching, make sure you are in the second gear and you have your right signal going. When it is safe to do so, go round till you just pass the second exit. When you’re here and as shown by the diagram, signal left just as your pass to let those behind you know that you intend to leave at the next exit. This is your third exit.
At some roundabouts, they may have double lanes going the same way so usually, you need to stay to the right if you intend to leave at the right and then move to the left to exit. Other notes to keep in mind are to be wary of cars around you because some idiots will actually overtake you or won’t even care to signal so be careful.
I hope this post helped you in some way!