Taking the road ahead at a roundabout (or going straight on as most people describe it) requires a little more thought. As well as searching for a gap in the roundabout you also have to select the appropriate lane on approach; this is normally the left-hand lane unless road markings show otherwise. You should maintain whichever lane you use on the approach until the exit.
You don’t need to signal before entering the roundabout, but you should still check your mirrors before slowing down on the approach. Take regular observation to your right and towards your exit. Once you’ve safely entered the junction, check your mirrors again and then signal left (marked S on the diagram) as you pass the exit before yours to let people know you’re going to leave the roundabout.
As there’s a little more to think about here I would recommend a slower speed and the use of second gear on approach. On a larger roundabout however, you could maintain more speed and third gear as you gain experience.
Taking the road ahead at a roundabout:·
- no signal on the approach
- keep to your normal position (unless directed otherwise)
- give way to the right
- make sure you’ve a clear path through the roundabout
- signal left at point ‘S’ and be aware of anything that may be on your exit road.