Drivers and roundabouts

Highlands & Islands Regional MSP and Road Safety campaigner, David Stewart highlights that the number of drivers who are confused with negotiating roundabouts is worrying.

“It is a real worry that many drivers on our roads today are unsure as to how to negotiate a roundabout”, said David Stewart, “ which as a result can cause collisions and serious injury.

“In short a roundabout is a hazard and like any hazard you should approach it at an appropriate speed, make sure you are in the proper lane and remember Mirror, Signal, Manouvre.(MSM).

David Stewart said “ I have been contacted by constituents, the latest being yesterday,(11/3/19) raising this very issue. What we need to do here is to highlight how drivers should negotiate this particular hazard by means of education.

“There are three simple actions to remember:

1)” If you are following the road ahead on a main route (eg dual carriageway) you can often go ahead in either lane. If you approach on the left then you should stay to the left in new road, if you take the right hand lane on approach stay on the inside of the roundabout and exit in the right hand lane in new road.(See last graphic attached)

2)” 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 want.(See attached)

3) “Some people think you should give way to vehicles approaching from the right on a roundabout. You must give way to any vehicles already on the roundabout before you enter.(See attached)