Indicating at Roundabouts
Before learning to drive, having a basic understanding of the Road Rules is essential including indicating at roundabouts. This can help you understand and make decisions when driving. To help get you started, download the Road User Handbook here. The handbook will provide you with important information you need to know in order to drive legally and safely. Many experienced drivers still don’t indicate correctly when entering or exiting roundabouts. As a learner driver, many learners have a genuine fear of roundabouts and depending on the time of day, they can be extremely busy and intimidating.
In this post, we’ll be looking at the road rules regarding indicating at roundabouts in NSW. Remember, failing to indicate can incur not only a monetary fine, but a loss of demerit points also. When approaching any roundabout, effective observation and scanning skills are key. And, depending on your direction, you must position your vehicle in accordance with the road markings for the direction you intend to travel.
Turning Left at Roundabouts
When turning left at roundabouts, you must indicate for at least 3 to 5 seconds before the roundabout, to warn other drivers of your intention to turn left. Keep your left indicator on until you have fully exited the roundabout. Remember to cancel out the indicator within five (5) seconds after the turn has been completed. When entering a multi-lane roundabout, you must enter and exit in the same lane.
Going Straight Ahead at Roundabouts
When entering a single-lane roundabout, there is no requirement to signal upon approach or entering. You are only required to signal left upon exiting the roundabout. If you are entering a multi-lane roundabout, you may approach from either left or right lanes (unless there are road markings/signs with other instructions). Once you have selected your preferred lane, you must remain in that same lane through the roundabout and exit in the same lane. You must signal your intention to exit and generally occurs when you’re about halfway through the roundabout.
Turning Right at Roundabouts
When turning right at a roundabout, you must indicate for at least 3 to 5 seconds before the roundabout, to warn other drivers of your intention to turn right. Keep your right indicator on until you are about to exit the roundabout, then indicate left when exiting. Remember to cancel out the indicator once you have safely left the roundabout. If you’re turning right at a multi-lane roundabout, ensure that you’re in the correct lane/s (unless there are road markings/signs with other instructions) with your right indicator on. Be mindful that some roundabouts allow you to enter from either the left or right lanes (unless there are road markings with other instructions) when turning right.
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