Sunderland Driving School Roundabout Help

This area is dedicated to roundabout help.

Roundabouts are here to stay, so it goes without saying understanding them will mean you ’embrace’ and not ‘hate’ them!

This simple progressive guide will show you what lane you will need for turning right, left and going ahead at a roundabout.

Plan Ahead

Make sure you plan ahead, notably as to which direction and destination you intend to head for, this will help lane discipline being achieved early.

Although roundabout dimensions can vary, multiple lane, and even traffic light controlled but there are still consistent rules to follow.

Approach The Roundabout

Keep those essential mirrors updated every 7-10 seconds, yes that frequent!

Get into the required lane early, this will rule out any late changes ensuring observation is top of your list when arriving at the roundabout.

Check those mirrors in sequence, interior and left for left turns and of course interior and right for right manoeuvring.

Giving way way to your right is essential.

Observation is a must, miss nothing and check regularly before emerging onto the roundabout.

Hesitation

Given the amount of traffic involved on our busy highways, hesitation is not a word we like throwing around for no good reason, but if the roundabout is clear then go efficiently.

Three factors will assist you in emerging safely:

  • Lane position of vehicles already on the roundabout
  • Speed of vehicles already processing the roundabout
  • Signals (if you are lucky) from those intending to leave the roundabout

Blockers

What are blockers some may ask in their early learning stages of driving tuition.

Simply put, the driver on your right is giving way to his or her right, therefore if a vehicle is approaching them and stopping that person emerging, your safe opportunity exists.

General Guide Procedure

Turning Left
1. Check your interior and left mirrors.
2. Keep well left, as you may have another vehicle in the lane next to you on your right.
3. Signal left.
4. Approach carefully, looking to your right and ahead, remembering to give way to the right.
5. Once you have a safe opportunity to your right, move efficiently and keep left.
6. Check that left mirror again before exiting, leaving your signal on to inform other road users you intend leaving the roundabout.

Turning left, 2nd exit
1. Check your interior and left mirrors.
2. Keep well left, as you may have another vehicle in the lane next to you on your right.
3. Approach carefully, looking to your right and ahead, remembering to give way to the right.
4. Once you have a safe opportunity to your right, move efficiently and keep left.
5. Once you have gone past the first exit, check your left mirror and signal left to warn others you intend to leave by the second exit of the roundabout.

Making sure that you do not signal on approach to the roundabout, but only signal to exit.

Following the road ahead, second exit
On approach observe any road markings or signs that may inform you as to which lane to use.

1. If there are no markings or signs telling you any different then remain in the left lane.
2. Check those mirrors, observe and approach carefully, giving way to the right as usual.
3. Once you have a safe opportunity to your right, move efficiently and keep in the left hand lane.
4. Once you have gone past the first exit, check your left mirror and signal left to warn others you intend to leave by the second exit of the roundabout.

Following the road ahead at a multi-lane roundabout
1. Check your mirrors effectively.
2. Keep in the left-hand lane, unless signs or road markings dictate otherwise.
3. Road markings can also show you road names, numbers and town names to assist you in choosing the most appropriate lane.

Turning right, third exit
On approach look out for any road markings or signs that may inform you as to which lane is appropriate.

1. If there are no road markings then check interior and right mirrors, signal right and move into the right hand lane safely.
2. Approach carefully, looking to your right and ahead. Give way to the right as usual.
3. Once you have a safe opportunity to your right, move efficiently and stay in the right hand lane.
4. Check your mirrors effectively.
5. Signal left just after you have passed the exit before the one you want to inform others you intend to leave the roundabout. Move to the left and exit.

Multi-lane traffic light controlled roundabouts
Traffic light controlled roundabouts were introduced for safety, as they control the flow of traffic and there is no need to give-way to the right.
Observation to the right is still important in case someone has ‘jumped’ that important light phase!
Sometimes the roundabout will have a combination of traffic lights and give-way lines to be aware of.
If you have give-way lines then give-way to the right as normal.

Look out for signs and road markings when there are multiple lanes as this will influence your decisions on approaching the roundabout.

Sunderland Driving School Roundabout Help – Multi Lane Roundabout Examples

The videos below are short guidance from our HD camera, notably delivering clarity, simple instruction and above all safety on these multi lane spiral roundabouts.

This video covers the Sunderland Hastings Hill roundabout turning right, towards A19N and leaving by the third exit.

This video covers the Sunderland Wessington Way roundabout, turning right towards the Stadium Of Light and leaving by the third exit.

This video covers the Sunderland Wessington Way roundabout, turning right, A19N towards the Tyne Tunnel.

This video covers Testos roundabout, turning right, third exit Sunderland North / A184 towards Boldon.

Please feel free to contact us at any time for further guidance and detailed information on roundabout usage.

Sunderland Driving School Roundabout Help