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approaching a roundabout.

nobber

Extreme Landy Fan
there is a roundabout just close to where i live , when i approach it i use the left lane to go straight on which is the 3rd exit but everyone , or at least a vast majority of people use the right lane to go straight on.
I'm sick of people thinking I'm chopping them up.
now , what i need to know is , am i in the right approach lane?
or does the highway code say different?
 
Unless the road markings signs say otherwise your in the right:)

Each and every time i drive in london i find that the majority don't have a flippin clue......sod em and do whats right! Get beebs here and there but im positive im in the right! So sod em and continue as you are....they might eventually learn to drive correctly:)
 
just had to check because two cars , both heading for a single lane exit off a roundabout at the same time can get quite hairy and if anything did happen at least i can say 'twasnt my fault'.
 
there is a roundabout just close to where i live , when i approach it i use the left lane to go straight on which is the 3rd exit but everyone , or at least a vast majority of people use the right lane to go straight on.
I'm sick of people thinking I'm chopping them up.
now , what i need to know is , am i in the right approach lane?
or does the highway code say different?
Yes if there are three lanes you use the centre lane to go straight on if there are two lanes you use the inside lane as you said the outside lane is for going off after 12 0 clock ie 1 o clock {seems most people dont have a clue }
 
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Yes if there are three lanes you use the centre lane to go straight on if there are two lanes you use the inside lane as you said the outside lane is for going off after 12 0 clock ie 1 o clock {seems most people dont have a clue }


unless the road markings show otherwise
we have a roundabout on one of our routes that has two lanes and both show straight on it hen becomes one lane on the other side

outside lane can be really interesting in a bus as people seem to use the inside for getting stuck in the traffic! normally get a toot or two
but I am a lot bigger than them!!!!!!:rolleyes:
 
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A round about near me has had its markings changed 3 times in about two months.. people now ignore them and head onto it like maniacs.. Left is for straight on but people now join in the right lane, merge across to the middle and still turn right :eek:

Have almost been wiped out by many trucks! Its not funny but its also not 'all' their fault. Council should have left it as it was not mess around with it three flipping times!
 
there is a roundabout near me where there is a give way sign:eek: so you have to stop on the roundabout (i think anyway...i avoid that roundabout:D )
 
Council should have left it as it was not mess around with it three flipping times!

No excuse for improper positioning.
I was always taught to look at r/b signing as a clock: anything upto 12 o/c was left lane, after 12o/c right lane. Only exception to that is where you have choice of lanes in and out (ie straight on) as on a dual carriageway.
That's one lesson, now let's get them indicating properly.
 
I was taught the same by my instructor(many moons ago)-Upto and including 12 o'clock use lh lane(which is actually the outside lane of the roundabout-sorry to be pedantic!)
If your unsure or its a dodgy roundabout(ie no-one knows how to use it)Then i always go on the inside lane of roundabout,you dont get cut up and you can go round again if exit isnt clear.
 
It seems to be a 'British' thing.

Either no on remembers the 'how to use roundabouts chapter' from the highway code or you don't care as the penalties are not a big enough deterrent.

In my home country fines are linked to your worth, rather than a fixed amount and it does make people think about their driving style
 
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It seems to be a 'British' thing.
In my home country fines are linked to your worth, rather than a fixed amount and it does make people think about their driving style

So if I commit a crime they pay me?

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Rog
 
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My understanding of roundabouts is based on how many junctions you have on the roundabout as well as the 12 o'clock rule.
i.e. if the roundabout has only three exits and your exit is number 3 and it is straight on in effect, you should still be in the right hand lane even if it is at almost 12....
Likewise if your on a roundabout which has say five junctions and only one of them is beyond 12 O'clock, you need to be in the right hand lane for numbers 4 and 5....

It should also be noted that traffic in the right hand lane, if indicating to turn off at a junction has right of way, as it is illegal to undertake... therefore where you hit them Nobber is very important, i.e. if they hit your drivers door, they are in the wrong, but if you hit their front passenger door etc, your in the wrong.... If either of you hit front wings it will be either knock for knock or you need witnesses, and if the witnesses say you speeded up to push past, your in trouble.

As Cannonball says, the easiest method is high speed, and go straight over, everyone gets out of your way, esp if you lean out the window and shout, "my brakes have gone!!!":D
 
In the landy the correct procedure for a roundabout is
  1. wind down window (or slide forward)
  2. choose a nice low gear like second
  3. rev the engine loudly (making the turbo whistle and the front of the car tilt)
  4. shout at fellow drivers
  5. release the clutch and listen for a low pitch screech from the tyres followed by car horns and higher pitch tyre screech
Job done!
In a Micra
  1. Switch lights on (and put on high beam)
  2. check seat belt
  3. build up speed (say 60mph)
  4. kiss your St christophers medal (or your ar$e goodbye)
  5. beep your horn like a french man
  6. shut your eyes
  7. open you eyes when it goes quiet
Job Done :D
 
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