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Old Apr 2nd 2007, 11:08 pm
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Can anyone tell me the protocol on roundabouts?
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Can anyone tell me the protocol on roundabouts?
close you eyes pray and hit the gas
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Originally Posted by The Oddities
Can anyone tell me the protocol on roundabouts?


well you have a few options

1. park up
2. stop and pick up your mother and her shopping, where she has been waiting for you
3. stop on the roundabout and give way to on-coming vehicles
4. put your foot down and hang on for dear life
5. STOP and wait as you are not sure exactly what you should do

but with all of them - approach with care
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Be very careful, the law changed from those joining had right of way to those on the roundabout have the right of way.
Also you have some of the Brits coming in the wrong direction. ;-)
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Be very careful, the law changed from those joining had right of way to those on the roundabout have the right of way.
Also you have some of the Brits coming in the wrong direction. ;-)
It is the lane discipline that has us foxed.
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Originally Posted by The Oddities
It is the lane discipline that has us foxed.
Yes, they turn left from a right hand lane, and often use both lanes if going straight on, A to B with no curve on the roundabout, lol
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Another option they do here is park and have a chat on the mobile phone
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Originally Posted by The Oddities
It is the lane discipline that has us foxed.
There isn't any!!

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Originally Posted by The Oddities
Can anyone tell me the protocol on roundabouts?
Easy!

1. Turning RIGHT (1st exit).
Approach roundabout at maximum possible speed, keeping to the LEFT lane. Around 10 metres from the entry point, briefly apply the brakes so violently that the vehicle to your right instinctively brakes due to the resulting dust storm.
Around 5 metres from the entry point, swap from brake to accelerator. There should now be sufficient room between the car on the roundabout and the car to your right to allow you to safely enter the roundabout and take the first (left) turning.

2. Going STRAIGHT ON (2nd exit).
Approach roundabout at maximum possible speed, keeping to the LEFT lane. Use the same "adaptive braking" technique as (1) to enter the roundabout. Keep tight to the roundabout until you are passing the first exit.
Now turn your steering wheel sharply to the right, firmly depressing the HORN. This will slow any traffic to your right which has joined from the first exit and has not benefitted from your adaptive braking. Now you can safely exit the roundabout.

3. Turning LEFT (3rd exit).
(Note that turning left is somewhat more tricky, as it requires the use of indicators.) Approach the roundabout at maximum possible speed, keeping to the RIGHT lane, clearly indicating RIGHT. The person on your left will now think that you want to turn right, and 10 metres from the entry point will begin their adaptive braking technique. As soon as they begin their violent braking, you immediately floor the throttle taking advantage of the gap created to turn LEFT in front of the car on your left (who will by definition be turning RIGHT).

Does that help?
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Easy!

1. Turning RIGHT (1st exit).
Approach roundabout at maximum possible speed, keeping to the LEFT lane. Around 10 metres from the entry point, briefly apply the brakes so violently that the vehicle to your right instinctively brakes due to the resulting dust storm.
Around 5 metres from the entry point, swap from brake to accelerator. There should now be sufficient room between the car on the roundabout and the car to your right to allow you to safely enter the roundabout and take the first (left) turning.

2. Going STRAIGHT ON (2nd exit).
Approach roundabout at maximum possible speed, keeping to the LEFT lane. Use the same "adaptive braking" technique as (1) to enter the roundabout. Keep tight to the roundabout until you are passing the first exit.
Now turn your steering wheel sharply to the right, firmly depressing the HORN. This will slow any traffic to your right which has joined from the first exit and has not benefitted from your adaptive braking. Now you can safely exit the roundabout.

3. Turning LEFT (3rd exit).
(Note that turning left is somewhat more tricky, as it requires the use of indicators.) Approach the roundabout at maximum possible speed, keeping to the RIGHT lane, clearly indicating RIGHT. The person on your left will now think that you want to turn right, and 10 metres from the entry point will begin their adaptive braking technique. As soon as they begin their violent braking, you immediately floor the throttle taking advantage of the gap created to turn LEFT in front of the car on your left (who will by definition be turning RIGHT).

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Absolutely brilliant. Thank you that explains a lot and now we understand the system.

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When approaching roundabout, take left turn 100 mtrs before it, take road up to mountain and back down village road to other side of roundabout...No problemo...
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Watch out for the French tourists in the camper van :curse:
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Watch out for the French tourists in the camper van :curse:
Oooops forgot about them. ;-)

This must be the best thread for a long time
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Yes watch out for the french tourists as when you are not looking in your rei veiw mirror they will hook their camper van to your car and ride on your bumper at 100km per hr
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Originally Posted by twyntub
Easy!

1. Turning RIGHT (1st exit).
Approach roundabout at maximum possible speed, keeping to the LEFT lane. Around 10 metres from the entry point, briefly apply the brakes so violently that the vehicle to your right instinctively brakes due to the resulting dust storm.
Around 5 metres from the entry point, swap from brake to accelerator. There should now be sufficient room between the car on the roundabout and the car to your right to allow you to safely enter the roundabout and take the first (left) turning.

2. Going STRAIGHT ON (2nd exit).
Approach roundabout at maximum possible speed, keeping to the LEFT lane. Use the same "adaptive braking" technique as (1) to enter the roundabout. Keep tight to the roundabout until you are passing the first exit.
Now turn your steering wheel sharply to the right, firmly depressing the HORN. This will slow any traffic to your right which has joined from the first exit and has not benefitted from your adaptive braking. Now you can safely exit the roundabout.

3. Turning LEFT (3rd exit).
(Note that turning left is somewhat more tricky, as it requires the use of indicators.) Approach the roundabout at maximum possible speed, keeping to the RIGHT lane, clearly indicating RIGHT. The person on your left will now think that you want to turn right, and 10 metres from the entry point will begin their adaptive braking technique. As soon as they begin their violent braking, you immediately floor the throttle taking advantage of the gap created to turn LEFT in front of the car on your left (who will by definition be turning RIGHT).

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