Special offere

Roundabouts

As you approach 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.

Roundabout

This will tell you the layout of the roundabout and show you which route direction you need to take and therefore which lane to get into.

You should then:

Use the MSM/PSL routine
Get into the correct lane in good time
Look for and respond to any lane road markings
You shouldn't change lanes at the last moment.

Priority

At most roundabouts traffic already on the roundabout has priority, so you must give way to traffic approaching from your right. There are a few roundabouts where traffic on the roundabout has to give way to traffic entering. These will be signed by Give Way signs and road markings.
Increasingly, large roundabouts are being controlled by traffic lights. On such roundabouts it is the traffic lights that determine priority, so simply get into the correct lane and follow the lane.

Turning left at the Roundabout

 

Turning left at the Roundabout

 

  • Approach on the left-hand lane.
  • Indicate left as you approach.
  • If necessary, stop at the Give Way line and give priority
    to vehicles already on the roundabout.
  • Once on the roundabout keep to the left.
  • Continue to signal until you have left the roundabout.

Following the road ahead at the Roundabout

 

Following the road ahead at the Roundabout

  • Approach on the left-hand lane unless road signs and markings
    say otherwise.
  • If necessary, stop at the give way line and give priority to vehicles already on the roundabout
  • Once on the roundabout stay on your lane.
  • After passing the exit before the one you want check your mirrors, especially the left exterior
  • Indicate left to leave the roundabout.

Turning Right at the Roundabout

 

Turning Right at the Roundabout

  • Approach in the right-hand lane
  • Indicate right as you approach.
  • If necessary, stop and give way.
  • Once on the roundabout keep to the right.
  • After passing the exit before the one you want check your mirrors.
  • Indicate left to leave the roundabout
    .

Check you left mirror for vehicles on your inside. If safe, steer to the exit. If a vehicle is blocking your exit path, keep your right signal on and continue around the roundabout until you again reach the exit you want.

Multi line Roundabouts

On a multi-lane roundabout, lane arrows and signs will tell you which lane to use, depending on
where you want to exit the roundabout.

Mini-Roundabouts

Approach these as you would a normal roundabout but remember there is less space, and you will have less time to signal. You must pass around the centre markings.

Double roundabouts

Treat each part of a double roundabout as a roundabout in its own right. Give way to traffic coming from the right as you approach the first one, then do so again as you approach the second one.

On Your Driving Test When Taking A Roundabout The Examiner Will Expect You To:

  • Use the MSM/PSL routine
  • Position your car correctly and use the correct speed
  • Choose the correct lane where there are road markings
  • Take effective observations
  • Watch out for motorcycles, pedestrians and cyclists
  • Assess the speed of the traffic
  • Exit the roundabout in the correct manner.

Mini roundabout
 roundabout
speed limit
double bend
Give way
stop sign
left turn only