Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hello everyone I'm Chris. In this video we're going to have a look at roundabouts, from how to approach them to positioning and when to go. If you often hesitate at a roundabout then stick around as we'll show you when to go and what to look for. We're first going to have a look at road positioning and how to approach a roundabout At this first roundabout we will be turning left it's the first exit. We see the sign for it coming up. We have to give way to the right. We're checking our mirrors to the left. We signal left, looks all clear, going down to 2nd gear and keeping in the left hand lane, checking mirrors again and keeping the signal on. Always signal to exit. At the next roundabout we will turn left and it's the 2nd exit. You can see on this sign that we are coming up from the bottom and we need the 2nd exit. We won't signal left on approach or other road users might think that we want the 1st exit but we will keep in the left hand lane. As we're passing the 1st exit we will check our mirrors and we'll signal left to exit. We're now going to have a look at different variations of following the road ahead at a roundabout. At the next roundabout we will follow the road ahead, it's the 2nd exit. Just like at a crossroads, if you're following the road ahead you'd be in the left hand lane unless road markings or signs tell you otherwise. Again we give-way to the right and now it's very important to keep in the left-hand lane and I really mean keep left. Now we check mirrors to the left and signal left It was very important to keep in the left hand lane as we might of had someone else next to us turning right. At the next roundabout we will follow the road ahead it's the 2nd exit Now this roundabout will have 3 lanes. Again we will keep in the left hand lane unless there's markings or signs telling us any different. The lane in the middle would be used for overtaking if there was a big traffic jam in the left hand lane. Giving way to the right. Looks quite busy, being prepared to stop. When we join the roundabout we need to keep in the left hand lane. Getting up to 2nd gear now. checking mirrors and signal to exit. At this next roundabout we will follow the road ahead. This ones a bit different as it will go into 3 lanes and the sign on the left and the road markings will tell us that we will need the middle lane as the left-hand lane is for turning left only. Now I've got this white van blocking my view so I'm going to creep forward slowly and try and get a better view. Now he's gone and I've got a good view, it's clear and I'm keeping to the left now. I'm watching these vehicles on the left in case they pull out, checking my mirrors, signal left to exit. Staying in the left hand lane. We're now going to have a look at turning right at a roundabout. At this next roundabout I am turning right 4th exit. Because it's to the right half of the roundabout, I've had to change into the right-hand lane I've checked my mirrors and signalling right. I can see my opportunity keeping in the right-hand lane. I'm up to 2nd gear now. Still got my signal on to the right. I'm just counting the exits as I go round. This will be the 2nd exit As I'm passing the 3rd, I'm checking my mirrors to the left, signal left and I'm moving over to exit. Taking the 2nd exit at a roundabout doesn't always mean that you'll be following the road ahead. This next roundabout is a good example where the 2nd exit is actually to the right. As you can see by the sign here. We'll be going towards Shirley. Because the exit is slightly to the right of the roundabout we will check our mirrors to the right signal right and keep in the right-hand lane. As soon as we're passing the 1st exit check mirrors, signal and exit. At this next roundabout We need to turn right 2nd exit. Our exit that we need is slightly to the right of the roundabout and that's why we need the right-hand lane and signal right. We need to be careful not to stop on the crossing. Not only do we not stop on it but we need to make sure it's clear before going. We don't want to get distracted just by the roundabout. The crossing looks clear and so does the roundabout. We're keeping in the right-hand lane and as soon as we're passing the 1st exit, check our mirrors to the left, signal left and then exit. Looking out for the next zebra crossing. You can also use roundabouts as a way of turning around. At the next roundabout we will turn right and it's the 4th exit. So we've changed lanes we need to keep in the furthest right hand lane. Still keeping in the right-hand lane. As soon as we're passing the 3rd exit, check mirrors to the left, signal and then exit. This next roundabout is a little more complicated as it's partly controlled by traffic lights. There's also multiple lanes We have to give-way to the right here as usual. Now we're following the road markings and signs to the A14 east. We could see it written in the road there. This part is now controlled by traffic lights. It's green so we've got priority. Keeping in lane towards the A14 east. Now we're taking the next exit towards the A14 east. We go from one extreme to another as we now have a look at mini-roundabouts. You could say that mini-roundabouts are friendlier than some of the larger ones. Same rules, still give-way to the right, signal the same, you don't have to signal to exit if you don't have time. At the next mini-roundabout we will follow the road ahead give-way to the right, but it's well worth checking to the left as well to make sure that no one is pulling out when they shouldn't. See another sign for a mini-roundabout. Again we're following the road ahead. At the next mini-roundabout, we will turn right. This is a good example of a mini-roundabout that is impossible to go round. Especially if there's a parked car in the way. But, we'll do our best. Don't be afraid to drive on it if you need to. Here we have another example of a mini-roundabout that is again impossible to drive around. Parked cars in the way. We're turning right. Drive on it a bit, especially as this road is so tight. Again, plan ahead as you don't want to get stuck behind a parked car. Don't be afraid to drive on a mini-roundabout if you need to, as long as you try your best to go round it. Now we have 2 mini-roundabouts coming up. We will follow the road ahead at both of them. Treat them as 2 separate individual roundabouts. Give-way to the right. Again, follow the road ahead and it's all clear to the right, which is basically cars opposite. We're approaching those 2 mini-roundabouts again. This time we will turn right at the first one and left at the 2nd one. We're checking mirrors to the right signal right it's all clear to the right. Now we're turning left, check mirrors to the left and signal left. Giving way to the right and it's all clear. This next mini-roundabout is fairly busy. We know that we have to give-way to the right We're turning left. If a vehicle from the left, turns right to where we just come from like this van they will block the vehicles on the right and give us a chance to go. The next part of this video is all about when to go onto a roundabout. You'll have to use your anticipation skills to judge when it's safe to go. Especially on busy roundabouts. I'm going to show you clues to look out for so you won't miss opportunities. We obviously have to give-way to the right but what we're looking for is a vehicle that is going to exit the roundabout to where we just come from. See these 2 cars exiting which gives us a chance to go. But how do we know when a vehicle is going to exit the roundabout and give us a chance to get on? We don't rely on other vehicles signals as they don't signal correctly or at all like that white van. As we can't rely on their signals, we need to look out for other clues. For example where they're steering, their positioning and angle. Let's have a look at some more examples. This next opportunity is a little bit easier. I'm looking at the speed of these cars this blue car is going quite fast, I know he's not going to bother me. Normally if the other car is going quite fast they're probably zooming off to exit. With this next opportunity I'm going to slow the video down to show you how you can look at other vehicles postion and angle to give you a good clue that they're coming off. With this red car, you can see how their front wheels are dead straight there's no way that this car is coming round and bother me, so this gives me a chance to get on with no hesitation. Lets see if you know when to go on this next roundabout.