Do you share my anger towards these motorists?

The traffic circle on 14th Avenue, Northmead.

If your answer is no, then I might have expressed harsh words to you in my mind (actually at the top of my voice), when driving along 14th Avenue, Northmead.

I have received numerous letters regarding people’s poor driving ability at the newly built circle.

The traffic circle on 14th Avenue, Northmead.

READ: Motorists don’t understand traffic circles

It’s a relief that I am not the only one.

The authors agree that this intersection is dangerous, and that many of those who use it have no idea (or do not care) how to negotiate this small obstacle in the road.

You’d have an excuse to be confused if you were dealing with a roundabout of this scale.

Drivers either do not slow down, do not indicate where they will exit, or do not understand that they need to yield to the right.

How difficult can it be?

Does anybody care?

If you are guilty of having bought your licence, or you have forgotten the rules of the road, here are some tips from the Arrive Alive website on the use of a roundabout – in no roundabout way:

• On approaching a roundabout, take notice and act on all the information available to you, including traffic signs, traffic lights and lane markings which direct you into the correct lane.

• If you take your time and make sure you are in the correct lane a good distance from the roundabout, you can’t go far wrong.

• Slow down as you approach the intersection – you’re typically not required to stop.

• A roundabout is designed to be driven at low speed. Entering and travelling through a roundabout at higher speed is difficult and could be unsafe.

• Don’t worry if you have to stop when you reach the roundabout. When it’s clear, ease up off the clutch smoothly, don’t rush, keep using the mirrors, and above all, stay calm.

• As you enter the roundabout, traffic coming from your right has right of way. This means that traffic streaming into the roundabout from the entrance to your right will keep coming as long as no one is coming from their right.

• These cars may not even slow down as they enter the roundabout, because they have the right of way. You must stop and wait until there is a break in traffic. Watch out for other traffic in the roundabout.

• Once you are on the roundabout, maintain a reasonable speed. Failing to do this, especially when you are in the right-hand lane, may result in other drivers passing on the nearside.

• Watch out for vehicles already on the roundabout; be aware they may not be signalling correctly or signalling at all.

• Always keep an eye on the vehicle in front as you’re about to emerge. Don’t assume the driver won’t have to stop while you’re still looking right. Many rear-end collisions happen this way. Make sure the vehicle has actually moved away.

• Watch for pedestrians and bicycles.

• Keep in mind that buses or large trucks need extra room to make turns and might take up more than one lane in a traffic circle.

• Obey all traffic signs and road markings.

• Signal your intent to other drivers when entering, going around and exiting the circle.

• If you miss your turn, just go around again. Avoid swerving at the last minute.

If you bothered to read the valuable information, you might be saved from further cursing, and perhaps a serious accident.

Take note of this tip.

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