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Drivers in a spin about roundabouts

Friday, 1st March, 2013

There is some confusion about making turns and giving way at roundabouts, as the accounts given by BDT Facebook readers show There is some confusion about making turns and giving way at roundabouts, as the accounts given by BDT Facebook readers show

By Gayle Ball

Confusion about the road rules at roundabouts has resulted in many near misses.

Acting Inspector Dave Gallagher from the Barrier Local Area Command said some drivers wrongly believed the vehicle on the right always had right of way.

"A lot of people aren't quite sure about the correct procedure," Inspector Gallagher said.

"Once a person is on the roundabout, they have right of way.

"People have to make sure they don't collide with you once you're on it."

He said in certain circumstances, drivers do need to give way to their right, but he had seen a number of incidents where cars had to stop in the middle of the roundabout to avoid hitting another one entering the roundabout on the left.

"That's what you've got to look out for. Other people entering the roundabout have to give way."

Inspector Gallagher said it was important that drivers slowed down before entering roundabouts and to indicate which direction they were travelling.

Indicating when leaving the roundabout was a good idea if practical, he said, despite the city having single-lane roundabouts.

"You've got to obey the road rules and drive to the conditions. Of course, common sense prevails."

The rules are:

When approaching a roundabout: Vehicles entering must give way to any vehicle already on the roundabout.

Giving Way at a Roundabout: Drivers must slow down and stop to avoid a collision.

Turning left: approach the roundabout in the left lane, indicate left, stay in the left lane and exit into the left lane.

Going Straight ahead: Do not indicate when approaching the roundabout. You may approach from with left or right lanes (unless there are road markings with other instructions), drive in the same lane through the roundabout and exit in the same lane.

Turning right: approach in the right lane, indicate right, stay in the right lane and exit into the right lane.

Making a U-Turn: approach in the right lane, indicate right, stay in the right lane and exit into the right lane.

Exiting a roundabout: If practical, you must indicate left.

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