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Roundabout observation

Even experienced drivers can feel uncomfortable at roundabouts, while some drivers will go out of their way to avoid them. The most common mistake at a roundabout is only looking to your right as you approach because this is where you expect traffic to come from. But what about the car ahead of you – can that driver see something you can’t?

It is better to gather as much information as you can so start to check to your right, straight ahead and to your left using all mirrors as you approach the roundabout. By carrying out your observations in this sweeping/scanning motion you are more likely to pickup if the car in front decides not to go. The classic rear end shunt caused by the driver ahead not going can thus be avoided. Help yourself further by keeping a good gap between you and the car waiting to get on so you have room to stop if he changes his mind half way without compromising yourself.