When it comes to staying safe on the road, drivers should be aware that accidents have increased potential to occur at roundabouts. With traffic coming from various different directions, traffic lights and other hazards to consider, there are some basic rules that can help you safely use roundabouts.
Approaching a roundabout
When approaching a roundabout, it is important to be aware of your surroundings. Ensure you pay attention to traffic lights, signs and lane markings. You should also:
- Ensure you adjust your speed according to the traffic conditions and any signs
- Make sure you’re in the correct lane
- Ensure you decide which exit to take as early as possible and don’t forget to signal
- Use Mirrors-Signal-Manoeuvre at all times
By following these steps, your chances of being involved in a road traffic accident will be greatly reduced.
Driving safely on a roundabout
Approaching a roundabout safely is all very well, but what about actually driving on the roundabout? Remember that traffic approaching from the right normally has priority (unless lights, road marking or signs indicate otherwise), so always check to your right before pulling out. You should also:
- Ensure you check road markings – you may be able to enter the roundabout without the need to give way. It’s still a good idea to check to your right first
- Make sure you look forward to check traffic in front of you has moved before you move off
- Be aware of other road users on the roundabout who may forget to signal or signal incorrectly – don’t always rely on indicators!
Keeping your speed down when navigating a roundabout ensures you will have more time to react if another driver signals incorrectly or changes lanes unexpectedly. Ensure you pay careful attention and give plenty of room to cyclists, motorcyclists, horse riders, pedestrians, long vehicles and any vehicles crossing in front of you on the roundabout. Mini roundabouts should be approached in the same manner as a regular roundabout.
Claiming compensation for road traffic accidents
No matter how careful a driver you are, there is still the potential for a road traffic accident to occur. If you have been involved in an accident which is someone else’s fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone helpline – we’re open 24/7 – for confidential, no-obligation advice on making a claim. You could even pop online and take our 30-second test to find out how much you could be eligible to claim!