Mileage, subdivision, even intelligence: Host roads around the world Roundabouts All kinds. But everything has one thing in common: the doubts that arise when drivers are going to face something. In fact, according to a study by Axa in Spain and published by Seat, Two out of three drivers do not know how to drive properly in a roundabout. Who owns the road? Which way do you want to run? How are direction indicators used? Here are some tips.
Slow down. Entering a roundabout is one of the most beautiful moments. According to Axa, 54% of roundabout accidents also occur during entry. The first recommendation is to moderate your speed. You need to remember that in countries like the UK, Ireland or Australia, entry and exit are on the left.
Give Way. The second golden rule is to give preference to vehicles that are already circulating within the roundabout. Only in the absence of a specific signal to give way to entries in the roundabout, the priority is who actually enters. If you are not sure if you have enough time to log in safely, please wait
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Choose the right path. In the case of roundabouts with multiple lanes, it is generally recommended to move to the outermost lane to avoid changing lanes and exiting safely. However, in the case of left or “U” curves, you should approach the roundabout as a left turn, taking you to the inner path if possible. Before exiting, the right direction indicator will be activated in advance to ensure safe movement on the outer lane, making sure that the road to other vehicles is not cut off.
One more ride. When approaching the exit, you should take the outer path (on the right) indicating the trajectory with the right path indicator. The car is always on the right track when driving outside. When changing lanes, if it is in the possession of another vehicle, the advice is clear: go roundabout again until we move on.
Have the right to leave safely.
Never without direction indicators. One of the confusing points about the correct route of roundabouts is the rules for using direction indicators. First of all, activation depends on the route the vehicle intends to take: if you turn right or go straight, you should always activate the right direction indicator before exiting, and change lanes of the roundabout and outbound lanes at the roundabout due to heavy traffic on the left hand side and the initial distance. In this case, do not activate any indicator at the roundabout entrance, nor indicate the route.
After all, keep calm. Roundabouts often test the patience of motorists, but it is good to remember that it is forbidden to use the horn to express one’s displeasure or to complain about other road users’ misdeeds. Its use is permitted only to notify you in the event of an accident.
Curiosity about roundabouts
The oldest. France is the country with the highest number of roundabouts in the world, every 21 km. For example, the Rotonda of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris is the oldest in the world. At this intersection 12 lanes converge. Moreover, it is famous for high levels of accidents, so it does not allow new drivers to propagate in it.
The most complicated. The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, UK is considered to be the most complex road junction in the world. A real asphalt labyrinth, made with a total of 7 roundabouts, each of which has a different circulation.
Great. The main advantage of roundabout is that the vehicles remain dynamic and reduce traffic. However, if pedestrians are involved at the intersection, they will lose efficiency. To overcome this problem, a high pedestrian ring was built on the Lujiazui Roundabout in Shanghai, China, connecting the nearest metro station with major school buildings and places of interest in the area.
The biggest. South of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is the largest Putrajaya roundabout in the world. Covering an area of 4,500 m2, it hosts a 5 star hotel, the President’s Second Residence and even the Botanical Garden in Perdana.