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Question – Do you have any tips for new drivers learning to navigate roundabouts? 22:56
Are you taking a road test in a car, bus, or big truck?
In Australia, China, the UAE (United Arab Emirates), Europe and the UK (United Kingdom) roundabouts are commonplace. However, in North America, roundabouts are only beginning to make an appearance on the driving landscape. Consequently, new & veteran drivers alike have difficulty negotiating these new roadway structures.
Probably the biggest challenge for the uninitiated driver is that at roundabouts you have to be prepared to both stop and go…more or less at the same time. Thus, the key to successfully navigating roundabouts is to scan and observe well in advance. And as you’re approaching the roundabout and scanning, “cover the brake”, that way if a vehicle barges into the roundabout, you’ve cut down your reaction time and can bring the vehicle to a safe stop.
Roundabouts have several advantages:
1) Roundabouts have fewer points of conflict; therefore there are fewer crashes than at conventional intersections
2) These move higher number of vehicles through an intersection
3) Because vehicles are not stopping, these reduce urban noise.
When negotiating roundabouts, locate the roundabout as far down the road as possible. Slow to the recommended speed. Take note of the direction in the roundabout, which is indicated by signs and arrows. If driving on the right, the direction is counter-clockwise; if on the left, the direction is clockwise. Take note of any signage or road markings that direct traffic through the roundabout.
Importantly, have a plan before you begin driving and know where you want to travel. With good planning, you’re going to be able to successfully navigate the roundabout because you know where you’re going and which direction you want to travel in the roundabout.
When navigating the roundabout, cut the circle in half. For those driving on the right side of the road, everything on the right side of the roundabout will be either a right turn, or a straight through. Everything on the left side of the half-circle will either be a left turn or a ‘U’ turn.
When signalling at a roundabout, it is the same as you would signal at a conventional intersection. If you are going to turn right, signal right as you approach the roundabout. If you are going to turn left or make a ‘U’ turn, signal left as you are approaching the roundabout. If you are proceeding straight through, you don’t have to signal.
When exiting the roundabout, signal right “if practicable”. “If practicable” means if you can do it signal right just prior to exiting the roundabout.
If an emergency vehicle appears when you’re in the roundabout, do NOT stop in the roundabout. Exit the roundabout at the earliest possible exit and stop there. With this technique you are not going to block the path of the emergency vehicle.
Good luck on your road test!
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