Roundabouts and how to use them.

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Previously there was no legal requirement to indicate right when entering  or going around a roundabout. Unless you are changing lanes or entering a line of traffic on a multi lane roundabout, in which case are must indicate right or left depending on the circumstances. The need to indicate right while travelling more than half way around a round about has become a legal requirement for sometime now and is covered on page 156 of the Road Traffic code 2000. 

Single Lane Roundabouts:

 

It is a requirement that you indicate when you are leaving the roundabout at all times.

So many drivers are not indicating left to exit the roundabout and this is due in part to them indicating right entering the roundabout and or continuing around until they reach their desired exit. They are still indicating right and can’t be bothered to indicate left but turn left anyway!! How is this legal or sensible?

Drivers are also entering too fast and find they have not enough time to use the indicator and control the vehicle.

As mention before the vehicle already on the roundabout always has right of way. This is underpinned by the give way to your right Law that governs all intersections unless it is sign posted or is controlled by traffic lights or the control of a police officer.

If you have an collision on a roundabout and your vehicle is damaged on the right hand side you are at fault!

If you have a collision on a roundabout and your vehicle is damaged in the front and the other vehicle has damage on the left, you are at fault!

If you have a collision on a roundabout and your vehicle is damaged in the front and the other vehicle has damage on the right rear it could be deemed you were going way too fast and could be treated as a rear end collision.

If drivers were to slow down though a roundabout they could more effective allowing vehicles to enter and exit at multiple points without danger of cashing but as it is currently there is not enough time and drivers are not adhering to the rules. Until drivers do adhere to the rules, roundabouts can’t work safely as intended.

Excessive speed through roundabouts is really becoming cause for concern, with more and more drivers on the road these issues are becoming more important each day.

https://rsc.wa.gov.au/Documents/Road-Rules/ors-road-craft-roundabouts.aspx

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