How to negotiate roundabouts when driving

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It is fair to say that roundabouts are one of the hardest things for beginner drivers to master.

Here are three excellent guides to roundabouts. We recommend watching them and practicing when you can. Make sure you read you completely understand it. If you are learning to drive and have any questions, be sure to note them down and ask your driving instructor next time you have a lesson.

When approaching a roundabout you should:
Use the mirror-signal-manoeuvre process
Decide which exit you need to take as early as possible
Use the appropriate signal at the optimal time to inform other road users of your intentions
Get into the correct lane
Adjust your speed and position to the traffic conditions
Remain aware of the speed and position of the traffic around you

Section No. 9 of the Irish Rules of the Road
Section 9. explains what you should do when you reach the roundabout. Again it is important to be aware of the traffic around you and look out for road users who may be signalling incorrectly or in some cases not signalling at all!

When reaching a roundabout you should:
Always give priority to the traffic coming from the right, unless you have been directed otherwise by signs, road markings or traffic lights
Check if the road markings allow you to proceed without giving way (always look right before joining just in case)
Watch out for other road users on the roundabout
Check the traffic has moved off in front of you before you proceed to enter the roundabout