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Mini-roundabout know-how

While it may be tempting to drive straight over a painted mini-roundabout, especially if there are no other cars around, don’t. Although this is a common misdemeanour on local roads, it’s not acceptable practice. The Highway Code states: ‘It is important to remember that all vehicles must pass round the central markings, except large vehicles which are physically incapable of doing so’, otherwise you could be fined. You might notice some drivers tend to falter at a mini-roundabout unsure who should enter the roundabout first, but it’s not complicated. Just treat them as you would their big brothers, which means you should slow down and be prepared to give way to traffic entering the roundabout from the right. However, because mini-roundabouts are so much smaller, before you enter one, make sure that any vehicles already using it are preparing to leave it. As there’s less space to manoeuvre and less time to signal, always try to give a clear indication of your intentions to other drivers. You might query if you should give way to a driver opposite you at the 12 o’clock position. You need to assess this carefully (ask yourself have they started turning before me?), and, if you have any doubt, let them enter the roundabout before you. Should you come across a double mini-roundabout, treat each roundabout separately and give way to traffic from the right.