Understanding Roundabouts.


Who has the right of way.


Can be very daunting at the best of times. Here at Road Skills UK we will show you ropes in easy steps. It’s important to read the road and all available signpost or road markings when approaching a roundabout , decide as early as possible what lane to use.

General rule of thumb for most roundabouts, is to use the left-hand lane to exit first exit or going straight ahead. The right-hand lane to take the 3rd exit or to a full circle. If there are NO road markings, then you must use the left-hand lane to follow the road ahead.

Try to control your speed as you approach the roundabout, this will give you more time to analyse the flow of traffic. If you see it to be clear or that you have enough time to enter the roundabout, then get on and make progress to your exit. Its essential that you control the amount of gas and the speed you bring up the clutch. Bringing up the clutch to fast with result in a stall, all you need to do is increase the gas and gradually bring the clutch up smoothly.

Rule 184

On approaching a roundabout take notice and act on all the information available to you, including traffic signs, traffic lights and lane markings which direct you into the correct lane. You should

  • use Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre at all stages
  • decide as early as possible which exit you need to take
  • give an appropriate signal (see Rule 186, below). Time your signals so as not to confuse other road users
  • get into the correct lane
  • adjust your speed and position to fit in with traffic conditions
  • be aware of the speed and position of all the road users around you.

Rule 185

When reaching the roundabout you should

  • give priority to traffic approaching from your right, unless directed otherwise by signs, road markings or traffic lights
  • check whether road markings allow you to enter the roundabout without giving way. If so, proceed, but still look to the right before joining
  • watch out for all other road users already on the roundabout; be aware they may not be signalling correctly or at all
  • look forward before moving off to make sure traffic in front has moved off.

Rule 186

Signals and position. When taking the first exit, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise

  • signal left and approach in the left-hand lane
  • keep to the left on the roundabout and continue signalling left to leave.

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.

When taking any intermediate exit, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise

  • select the appropriate lane on approach to and on the roundabout
  • you should not normally need to signal on approach
  • stay in this lane until you need to alter course to exit the roundabout
  • signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want.

When there are more than three lanes at the entrance to a roundabout, use the most appropriate lane on approach and through it.

Rule 187

In all cases watch out for and give plenty of room to

  • pedestrians who may be crossing the approach and exit roads.
  • traffic crossing in front of you on the roundabout, especially vehicles intending to leave by the next exit.
  • traffic which may be straddling lanes or positioned incorrectly.
  • motorcyclists.
  • cyclists and horse riders who may stay in the left-hand lane and signal right if they intend to continue round the roundabout. Allow them to do so.
  • long vehicles (including those towing trailers). These might have to take a different course or straddle lanes either approaching or on the roundabout because of their length. Watch out for their signals.

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360 videos files of the local rounabouts

With the use of a 360 camera you are able to navigate the  video and spin the screen around and view the 360 experience.

Elliotts Roundabout

This roundabout is a technical roundabout, approaching from Longfield road, if you remember the basic rule of the Highway code “always drive on the left” so as you approach the roundabout you’ll notice to lanes both lead off to the right (3rd exit) so implementing the basic rule, you should utilise the left lane.

Peel Common Roundabout

As with multilane roundabouts it’s important to identify the correct lane on approach and maintain your lane discipline as you drive around the roundabout. In the case of the Peel Common Roundabout, you’ll have to slide left halfway around the roundabout keeping in the Gosport lane, as you leave the system you’ll have a lane merging from the right, so a mirror check would be useful he to identify any traffic approaching in that righthand lane.

Huhtamaki Roundabout


Huhtamaki Roundabout From Brockhurst


Brockhurst Roundabout from MIlitary Road