How to deal with big roundabouts

Bigger roundabouts often scare learners. They shouldn’t though. With enough practice you will find that they are relatively easy to do.

Here are some tips to help you deal with them.

1. Know where you are going

If you know where you are going on a roundabout, it will make it a lot easier to deal with. If you don’t know where the exit you need is, you are going to have to try and work it out as you go around the roundabout which can be difficult as you may be trying to focus on other things like what lane you should be in.

Here are some tips so you know where you have to go:

  • Identify the exit before you get onto the roundabout

  • Ask the examiner if you are unsure

  • Choose a fixed point like a building, tree, bridge, or anything like that so you have something to aim for as you go around the roundabout

2. Choose the correct lane

Choosing the correct lane nice and early could be the difference between entering the roundabout easily or going the wrong direction completely.

To keep it simple, if you are going left 1st exit, you need to stick to the left as you approach the roundabout.

If you are going right, the keep right. There may be roundabouts near where you live that have lanes for only turning left or for only going straight.

It's good idea to familiarise yourself with these types of roundabouts so that you are confident about which lane to use.

Useful tips:

  • Check for signs that tell you what lane to use

  • If using a SatNav, it may tell you which lanes you can use ( Click here for tips on using a SatNav )

  • Look for floor markings which tell you where you can go in that lane

  • If in doubt, ask the examiner

  • Know what lane you are going to be using well before you approach the roundabout

3. Plan your exit