Friday, October 15, 2010

The Highway Code - Using the road ( Roundabouts )

184) On approaching a roundabout take notice and act on all the
information available to you, including traffic signs, traffic lights
and lane markings which direct you into the correct lane. You
use Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre at all stages
decide as early as possible which exit you need
to take
give an appropriate signal (see Rule 186). Time your signals
so as not to confuse other road users
get into the correct lane
adjust your speed and position to fit in with traffic conditions
be aware of the speed and position of all the road users
around you.

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When reaching the roundabout you should
give priority to traffic approaching from your right, unless directed otherwise by signs, road markings or traffic lights
check whether road markings allow you to enter the roundabout without giving way. If so, proceed, but still look to the right before joining
watch out for all other road users already on the roundabout; be aware they may not be signalling correctly or at all
look forward before moving off to make sure traffic in front has moved off.
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186) Signals and position. When taking the first exit to the left, unless
signs or markings indicate otherwise
signal left and approach in the left-hand lane
keep to the left on the roundabout and continue signalling
left to leave
When taking an exit to the right or going full circle, unless signs
or markings indicate otherwise
signal right and approach in the right-hand lane
keep to the right on the roundabout until you need to change
lanes to exit the roundabout
signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you
When taking any intermediate exit, unless signs or markings
select the appropriate lane on approach to the roundabout 
you should not normally need to signal on approach
stay in this lane until you need to alter course to exit the
signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you
When there are more than three lanes at the entrance to a
roundabout, use the most appropriate lane on approach
and through it.
187) In all cases watch out for and give plenty of room to
pedestrians who may be crossing the approach and exit
traffic crossing in front of you on the roundabout, especially
vehicles intending to leave by the next exit
traffic which may be straddling lanes or positioned
cyclists and horse riders who may stay in the left-hand lane
and signal right if they intend to continue round the
roundabout. Allow them to do so
long vehicles (including those towing trailers). These might
have to take a different course or straddle lanes either
approaching or on the roundabout because of their length.
Watch out for their signals.
188) Mini-roundabouts. Approach these in the same way as normal
roundabouts. All vehicles MUST pass round the central markings
except large vehicles which are physically incapable of doing so.
Remember, there is less space to manoeuvre and less time to signal.
Avoid making U-turns at mini-roundabouts. Beware of others
doing this. Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD regs 10(1),
& 16(1) 

189) At double mini-roundabouts treat each roundabout separately and
give way to traffic from the right.
Multiple roundabouts. At some complex junctions, there may be a series of mini-roundabouts at each intersection. Treat each mini-roundabout separately and follow the normal rules.
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The Highway Code - Rules for Motorcyclists
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