Roundabouts can be found quite commonly across the UK. They range from a small mini roundabout to a large roundabout with several lanes and many roads leading off from it. Knowing how to drive safely when approaching a roundabout and using it is imperative if you want to remain safe.
The most important thing to remember initially is that you must give way to anything that is already using the roundabout. Remember this rule and you won’t go far wrong. It is also the case that you must give way to traffic coming towards you from your right-hand side. This means if you arrive at the roundabout at the same time as someone in the road to the right of you, you should let them go first.
Using roundabouts safely at all times
It is wise to be alert and aware of whether the roundabout has more than one lane involved too. Larger roundabouts may well have more than one lane, especially if the roads approaching it have two lanes in each direction. Some roundabouts are also busier than others, so if you want to continue using roundabouts safely, you should make sure you use your mirrors and look in all directions as you move round the roundabout.
You also have to be aware of more than just traffic. Cyclists will use roundabouts and they may position themselves differently to how you would expect. Make sure you do not cut anyone up, assuming they are going left when they are going straight on, for example. Pedestrians may also be waiting to cross, and there could be traffic lights controlling the flow of traffic as well.
What should you do if someone hits you while you are using a roundabout?
It doesn’t matter if you are a pedestrian crossing the road, a cyclist using the roundabout or you are in another vehicle. If someone else causes you to suffer an injury, you may have a right to seek compensation for your pain and suffering.
Of course, it isn’t always easy to determine who is at fault. That’s why you should call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. We can listen to the facts and determine if you have a chance to make a claim on a no win, no fee* basis. One of our professional injury compensation lawyers could be in a position to help you.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead