Here it goes again – in a twist around these roundabouts

Roundabouts remain a mystery to many people it seems.

Scared for some riders, I really do.

I know I’m playing an old record, but based on some experiences I’ve had over the past week, I feel compelled to reiterate the issue.

First of all, it has to be said that there are some tricky roundabouts where you can get from the outside lane to the inside lane quite quickly and have to deal with a lot of up and down traffic.

But that’s all the more reason to be more careful when approaching.

I’m sure you’ve seen worse, but I think the frequency of people crossing your path with no sign of intention is widespread. I had a few this week.

Many motorists seem to get into trouble because they approach a roundabout too quickly. Like anything else on the road, reducing your speed and yielding to traffic coming from the right significantly reduces risk.

They say good advice is always worth repeating and the best thing I’ve come across is to treat the roundabout like a clock.

When exiting from the 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock position, you should generally approach in the left lane.

And if you plan to use an exit between the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions, you should approach in the right lane. I think this simple message is key to running a roundabout, but I see too many signs that it’s not being followed.

Likewise, not everyone follows the directions indicated by road markings. And that’s the problem with how we deal with driving on roundabouts: not everyone pays attention to it the same way. Here it goes again – in a twist around these roundabouts

Fry Electronics Team

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