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    Default Roundabouts!!!!!!!!!!!

    Can anyone clarify roundabout use for me please? Had a white van driver cut me up tonight on the way home from work and then gesture that he hadn't done anything wrong. I however disagreed slightly and offered him to pull over to discuss (which he kindly did - most others drive away scared). All I could get out of him was something about 12 O'Clock (WTF), I use a digital watch so couldn't see where he was coming from!!

    We agreed to differ and while leaving him he told me he had been driving for 30 years, I suggested that the Highway Code had been updated since then and he would be best to swat up on it!

    Below is from the highway code online site - help me out - can anyone see an analogue clock mentioned????

    186

    "Signals and position.
    When taking the first exit to the left, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise
    • signal left and approach in the left-hand lane
    • keep to the left on the roundabout and continue signalling left to leave
    When taking an exit to the right or going full circle, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise
    • signal right and approach in the right-hand lane
    • keep to the right on the roundabout until you need to change lanes to exit the roundabout
    • signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want
    When taking any intermediate exit, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise
    • select the appropriate lane on approach to the roundabout
    • you should not normally need to signal on approach
    • stay in this lane until you need to alter course to exit the roundabout
    • signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want
    When there are more than three lanes at the entrance to a roundabout, use the most appropriate lane on approach and through it."

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    What lane(s) were you both in as you approached? How did he actually cut you up?

    Difficult to say without knowing what happened......

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    He was referring to the roundabout as a clock face.
    Straight ahead is 12 o clock...get it?

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    I have this argument with the Mrs on a reg. basis mate.
    Basically, the training through the job taught me to overuse mirrors for everything , so if apparently clear, I can blast accross an island in whatever lane, taking the shortest route, provided that noone else would be hampered by this decision.

    Think of the system of car control here (5 phases)

    Information - See a traffic island approaching. Mirror checks on approach
    Posistion - adopt the most appropriate posistion - mirror check again
    Speed - adopt the correct speed for the approach using brakes - mirror
    Gear - When correct speed reached, pull the gear - mirror again
    Acceleration - mirror and exactly what it says.

    Its an ongoing cycle and is constantly changing. Try driving to it and you wont half notice the difference in the smoothness of your driving!
    Did a 150 mile round trip today and everaged 50mpg as a result of the above!

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    Yeah need a bit more info to give an appropriate answer.

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    I used to be sh*t scared of roundabouts - now i love them! It's sooooooo much better having a big powerful car to pull out of them, rather than a hairdryer!!! :P

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    We were both entering from the same junction. He was behind me - I took the inside lane to leave the roundabout by the 3rd exit. He took the outside lane to do the same and drove around the outside of me. When I signalled to leave he closed the gap and wouldn't let me across. So I had to almost stop to move in behind him.

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    Hmmmm, me thinks he wasnt really aware that you were there until the last minute, then forced you into making a decision to avoid the crash. B*llend of a driver that. White Van u say?
    typical

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    Sounds like you were in the right my friend, but the current lack of driving skill on the roads is a disgrace, I'm always on the lookout for muppets and I avoid them like the plague or get in front of them before anything else happens.

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    No really knows how to use the round abouts, arrows that point right, usually mean to go right round the roundabout for example, but for this reason if you are unfortunate to have an accident on one - i have heard that insurance companies go for 50/50 blame - a stinker if you are not at fault!

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