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Getting observations and lifesavers done correctly on Roundabouts is an important survival skill
- Traffic entering the roundabout at speed – this can be mitigated by expecting the hazard and being ready to use the horn and/or brake.
- Traffic changing lane in front of you. This is more unpredictable, however you place yourself more at risk if you use the right hand of two lanes to exit a roundabout (leaving room on the left for people to continue to go round and thereby crossing your path).
- Other road users struggling to understand how the roundabout works. This is particularly the case at “spiral roundabouts” (typically with traffic lights) where traffic is expected to spiral out in a designated lane as it works its way around the roundabout.
- Turning Left (1st exit) – typically to the left looking for cyclists
- 2nd exit (assuming straight ahead) using left hand lane in roundabout – to the right looking for overtaking vehicles
- 2nd exit (assuming straight ahead) using right hand lane in roundabout – to the left looking for vehicles erroneously turning right from the left hand lane.
- 3rd exit (assuming turning right on “normal” roundabout) – to the left looking for vehicles undertaking
- 3rd exit (assuming turning right at “spiral” roundabout) – to the right looking for converging vehicles who have not spiralled