Roundabout

A roundabout is an intersection with a roundabout sign at each entrance, a central island and one or more marked lanes, or lines of traffic, all of which have vehicles travelling in the same direction. You must always keep to the left of the central island.

Purpose of Rounabout

Roundabouts are integral part of the road to keep vehicles safe and traffic afloat smooth. Roundabouts are kind of intersection which have no lights but a give way rule applies. Roundabouts are easy to deal with over the time with enough practice and observation.

Is Roundabout is always Round with 4 ends?

NO, a Rounabout may have 3 or 4 or 5 entry and exits.

The RULE of GIVING WAY

When entering a roundabout, you must give way to:

 

  • All vehicles already in the roundabout

  • All trams entering, or approaching the roundabout

  • Take care to look out for motorcyclists and cyclists already in the roundabout who may be harder to see

  • When exiting the ROUNDABOUT, indicate LEFT if practicle

The MYTH

  • Many driver believe they have to GIVE WAY to RIGHT LANE TRAFFIC at the roundabout

  • This is not a RULE but a SOCIAL PRACTICE

  • If every entry point of roundabout is giving way to their RIGHT LANE, the flow of traffic becomes smooth and there is enough margin of time to move

You must follow the observation and look for ANY VEHICLE ALREADY IN ROUNDABOUT when going through roundabout.

LEFT Turn at Roundabout

  • If there is only ONE LANE, indicate LEFT to let other road user know your intention to turn as you approach the roundabout and enter the roundabout, keep indicating until you exit the roundabout

  • If there are 2 LANES, you must stay in the LEFT LANE and indicate LEFT to let other road user know your intention to turn as you approach the roundabout and enter the roundabout, keep indicating until you exit the roundabout

Going STRAIGHT at Roundabout

  • If there is only ONE LANE, DO NOT INDICATE as you approach the roundabout, and indicate LEFT when you exit the roundabout if practicle

  • If there are 2 LANES,  and there is no LEFT/RIGHT lane markings on the road, you can approach the roundabout in any lane and enter the roundabout, indicate left if practicle when exiting the roundabout

  • If there are 2 LANES,  and there is LEFT & Straight /RIGHT only or LEFT only / Straight & Right only lane markings on the road, you must approach the roundabout in an appropriate lane and enter the roundabout, indicate left if practicle when exiting the roundabout

RIGHT Turn at Roundabout

  • If there is only ONE LANE, indicate RIGHT to let other road user know your intention to turn as you approach the roundabout and enter the roundabout, keep indicating until you exit the roundabout, indicate left if practicle when exiting the roundabout

  • If there are 2 LANES, you must stay in the RIGHT LANE  or RIGHT & Straight Lane only and indicate RIGHT to let other road user know your intention to turn as you approach the roundabout and enter the roundabout, keep indicating until you exit the roundabout, indicate left if practicle when exiting the roundabout

U TURN / TURN AROUND  at Roundabout

  • If there is only ONE LANE, indicate RIGHT to let other road user know your intention to turn as you approach the roundabout and enter the roundabout, keep indicating until you exit the roundabout, indicate left if practicle when exiting the roundabout

  • If there are 2 LANES, you must stay in the RIGHT LANE  or RIGHT & Straight Lane only and indicate RIGHT to let other road user know your intention to turn as you approach the roundabout and enter the roundabout, keep indicating until you exit the roundabout, indicate left if practicle when exiting the roundabout

Link to VicRoads video on Roundabout

Important to Remember

  • Failing to Give Way at a roundabout and other road user have to take evasive action or warn you with a horn, you will FAIL YOUR DRIVE TEST with IMMEDIATE TERMINATION ERROR

  • Going over the ISLAND which is mounting the kerb is considered as COLLISION and you will FAIL YOUR DRIVE TEST with IMMEDIATE TERMINATION ERROR

  • Hitting the ISLAND hard enough to cause discomfort to vehicle occupants is considered as COLLISION and you will FAIL YOUR DRIVE TEST with IMMEDIATE TERMINATION ERROR

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