Why Roundabouts Cause Chaos

Roundabouts rate as one of the biggest annoyances.

Using them is easy, but a lack of education makes it dangerous for some. Think of a roundabout as just another corner, and you can’t go wrong.

How to use a Roundabout

On a single lane: give way to anyone already on it.

That is simple enough, but some drivers use it as a signal to race to be there first. Indicate going in to, and out of the intersection so others know your intentions. While that is difficult on smaller roundabouts, in most places it is law.

On a two-lane carriageway: left lane goes left or straight ahead, right goes right or straight ahead.

This is where things get a bit eggy.

Be aware of what is going on around you, particularly smaller vehicles such as bikes.

Larger roundabouts will be more clearly signed, but courtesy will trump signs every time.

You can keep road rage opportunities to a minimum by being aware of what is around you.

Other top tips include:

  • Do the speed limit in anything but the lanes closest to the footpath
  • Do pay attention to what you’re doing
  • Don’t touch your mobile
  • Don’t be distracted by the infotainment system
  • Don’t adjust car more complex settings
  • Do check tyre pressure including the spare
  • Do check coolant
  • Do check what side your fuel filler is on (as in our story here)
  • Do service your car
  • Don’t speed
  • Don’t rely on modern driver aids like lane control and active cruise control

Modern driver aids are intended to make us all safer, but some make the situation worse by simple but dangerous practices.

Never ever ride in a moving car with feet up on the dashboard.

It is among the most dangerous things passengers can do. None of us wants an accident, but even a minor bump could be deadly especially if airbags are deployed.

There is sufficient force to break bones, or worse. Knees could be fired into a face at more than 200kph. Let that sink in for a while.