Multi-lane Roundabouts – Picking a Safe Gap
August 10, 2018 at 3:09 PM
Picking a safe gap on a multi-lane roundabout can be quite daunting for both new and experienced drivers.
That’s because there’s a lot more going on in a multi-lane roundabout than in a simple roundabout.
Follow these steps to pick a safe gap for entering a multi-lane roundabout:
- Place your vehicle in the correct lane, depending on the exit you wish to take, as you near the roundabout.
- Slow down when approaching the roundabout, indicate and shift to a lower gear if you’re driving a manual – shift into 1st if you need to stop. • Assess the traffic in the roundabout for a gap that you can safely drive into when entering the roundabout.
- Be on the lookout for cyclists on the roundabout as they could be a potential hazard.
- • Also watch out for large vehicles as these often move out of their lanes when turning through the roundabout.
- Once you have found a gap you’re comfortable with, join the traffic on the roundabout and drive to your exit.Remember, if you’re not comfortable with a gap, it’s better to wait a bit longer than to risk your safety and that of other drivers.