Always slow down when approaching a roundabout and check for on coming vehicles. Stick to your lane and always check mirrors before indicating your direction. Traffic in roundabouts always has the right-of-way, while entering vehicles yield. Take special care of motorcyclists or cycles ahead or at the side. Give way to traffic on your right unless road signs indicate otherwise but keep moving if the way if cleared. Plan ahead and know which exits you must take before approaching the roundabout to avoid obstructing traffic. Allow for long vehicles which may have to take a different course, both on the approach to and in the roundabout. Look out for vehicles crossing and show consideration to other vehicles passing in front of you especially those intending to leave by the next exit.
Signal alert other road users, including pedestrians, of your intended actions. You should give clear signals plenty of time in advance, after establishing that it is not misleading to do so. Signal before changing direction, stopping or moving off. It is important to check whether they are switched off after use. Do not signal too early as you may risk confusing other drivers of your desired actions.
Do not park or let your vehicle stand by where parking is prohibited. Allow space for large vehicles to be able to pass by. Do not park partially or wholly on a pavement unless there are signs that permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and inconvenience pedestrians, people with prams, wheelchairs and the visually impaired. Only park in the correct boxes indicated never in the yellow lines or in parking reserved for blue badge holders or residents. When parking check and indicate before hand, to show other drivers your desired manoeuvres.
Bumper to bumper protocol
When experiencing a bumper to bumper collision there is no need to call a policeman. Once no one is hurt, simply fill out the ‘bumper to bumper form’ and take a picture of the damage. Then you can be on your way. You can download the form from here.
Horns give notice of your presence or approach but do not give you any special rights. Honk only in cases of emergency, please respect the silence in the roads. Do not use your horn as a symbol of aggression as it defeats the purpose.
Seat Belt Safety
Seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.It helps to keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle. Seat belts are also the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. It is essential to always buckle up in the front and rear seats of any vehicle.