Using Roundabouts

by Reedz on December 8, 2008

But first, more from the ritz and glitz:

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marx-x: pls help ur reader on road safety awareness by posting some road safety tips, eg how to use Kiulap round abt or driving on left lane for SLOW cars, use right lane when OVERTAKING only thanks

Well marx-x, I’m not so sure we should be overtaking at the roundabout in the first place. I think people should really slow down at roundabouts 🙂

Anyway, below are some tips on using a roundabout for those of you who don’t already know:

  • To Turn Left (leaving at the first exit)
  • Signal left, and approach the roundabout in the left-hand lane.
  • Keep to the left of the roundabout and signal left to leave
  • To Go Straight On (leaving at the second exit)
  • Choose the appropriate lane on approach to and on the roundabout. If you can’t see the markings on the road then it is usually the safest option to keep in the left lane.
  • Stay in this lane until you are getting ready to exit the roundabout
  • Indicate left after you have passed the exit before the one you want.
  • To Turn Right (leaving at the third exit)
  • Indicate right and approach the roundabout in the right-hand lane
  • Keep to the right-hand lane on the roundabout until you need to change lanes to exit the roundabout
  • Signal left after you have passed the exit before the one that you want.
  • In all cases, you should make sure to watch out for:
  • Pedestrians who may be crossing the approach to the roundabout or exit roads.
  • Traffic crossing in front of you – most importantly vehicles that are going to leave at the next exit
  • Traffic straddling lanes or positioned incorrectly
  • Motorcyclists
  • Cyclists and horse riders (who must stay in the left hand land but signal right if they intend to go around the roundabout
  • Long vehicles – they may have to move across several lanes, so be careful and watch for their signals.

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David C January 14, 2009 at 1:52 am

Reed,

The traffic directions on the roundabout we have here are wrong. Well, they are not as they are suppose to be.

Actually, use of the roundabout is pretty simple. Use these simple rules:

1) Cars on the left lane must leave the roundabout on the first exit.

2) Cars on the middle lane must leave the roundabout on the 2nd exit keeping on the middle lane of the roundabout until they reach their exit point.

3) Cars on the third lane exit on all other lanes.

So, if you were going from Kiulap to RIPAS, keep left, follow the outer most lane and exit immediately on the first exit.

If you were going to Beribi, take the middle lane, enter the round about on the middle lane and exit via the second exit staying on the second lane. Do not cut into the first lane of that exit because that lane is for those coming in from RIPAS to exit to Beribi.

If you want to from Kiulap to Gadong or the Airport, then take the third lane (right lane) and enter the inner roundabout lane. Keep on that lane until you pass the Beribi turn-off, move into that middle lane and turn off into the Gadong-Mall turn-off.

If you want to go Airport, then keep in the middle lane until you pass the Gadong-Mall turn-off (where the cars to your left in the middle lane must exit into the Gadong-Mall turn-off), then signal and move into the middle lane and then out into the Airport exit (right lane).

These roundabouts are meant to provide a smooth traffic system if everyone follows these rules and these are the same rules used in London.

Always remember to give way to cars from your right and signal whenever you change lanes.

David C January 14, 2009 at 1:58 am

PS.. never ever enter the left lane and cut across to an inner lane. A lot of people here do this especially during traffic jams.

Also, if you miss your exit because someone didnt turn off when they should’ve, just remain calm, continue signalling right and make another round on the inner lane of the round about and try the exit again. Hot tempers and impatience at roundabouts are almost always the causes of accidents and usually end up with even more delays.

AB January 14, 2009 at 10:11 am

Tks for that very comprehensive guide DC! I’ll re-post this in a separate post for everyone’s info. Yeah, I do notice ppl tend to enter the roundabout on the left most lane and then try to cut across to the second exit! Grrrr!

But my pet peeve has definitely got to be people speeding on roundabouts like there’s no tomorrow! Absolutely crazy behaviour I tell ya!

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