More signal Infromation

(Q) Should a signal always be given when moving off from the side of the road?

(A) If there is not the slightest chance of any-one being injured by you moving off, including oncoming traffic and pedestrians, there is no point in signalling. But if there is any sign of life anywhere near you, why risk it?

(Q) Sometimes it is difficult to sort out who has the right of way at mini roundabouts. Is there a way of doing this?

(A) The simple rule, of course, is to give way to the right. The difficulties sometimes experienced at mini roundabouts come from not realising or knowing exactly what “giving way” means, so far as the Road Traffic Act is concerned. It means you must not cause the other vehicle to “swerve or reduce speed”.

A common mistake is to move into the roundabout at the same time as another vehicle coming from the road on your right. A little thought will show that even if you enter the roundabout simultaneously, the vehicle on your right immediately has priority.

A vehicle coming up fast towards the roundabout in such a road, and that has nothing to give way to, will go straight through. If you start to move off even before the other vehicle has reached the roundabout, you will find yourself blocking it almost immediately, and committing an offence, so wait for such a vehicle.

If both yourself and an oncoming vehicle enter the roundabout simultaneously, and “simultaneous” is important, to turn right it should be okay for both to proceed. There should be no obstruction as you both go behind each other.