Bad Driving Habits – Part 1

Roundabout

How to Indicate Correctly on Roundabouts

When you are on the road a lot, you end up noticing a lot more bad drivers and the bad habits they have picked up. It’s amazing how many people you see making the exact same mistakes.

Roundabouts – the wrong and right way to indicate

A hell of a lot of people don’t seem to know how to indicate correctly on a roundabout.

This is crazy, because it’s something you should be taught in your first 10 lessons and it is explained very clearly in the rules of the road handbook, which everybody should have read before getting into a car, or at least before driving alone.

The Wrong Way on 90 degree turns

The most common mistake I see is when people are taking the 3rd exit. For example: let’s take the case where there are 4 roads meeting a roundabout at 90 degree angles to each other: Lots of people I see will indicate “right” before entering the roundabout and will just leave their indicator on until they take the 3rd exit, and that’s it. So they will exit the roundabout still indicating right. This is incorrect! It would appear that they think this is a clear indication of which turn they are going to take. In their head, this is because the turn would be a right turn if there was no roundabout. However, doing this, people could think that they are not going to take the 3rd exit, and are continuing on to the 4rd exit, i.e. back the way they came… until it’s too late and they potentially cause a crash.

The Right Way on 90 degree turns

However the correct way to do it is to indicate right before entering the roundabout and leave the indicator on, indicating right, until you pass the second exit. As you pass the second exit, indicate LEFT, exiting the roundabout at the 3rd exit. The idea is that you indicate right, away from the first two turns, then indicate left to show that you are taking the 3rd turn.

Left = Leave

I think the one rule that people need to remember is that you ALWAYS indicate LEFT to leave a roundabout, no matter which exit you are taking. When you approach that turn off the roundabout, you indicate LEFT, NOT RIGHT.

Other Wrongly indicated turns

I even see quite a lot of people who are going straight ahead through a roundabout, and they are indicating right instead of left when they get to their turn off the roundabout. This is completely illogical.

Everyone seems to understand how to indicate correctly on the first turn off the roundabout. It’s just every other turn that confuses a lot of people.

Untrained Instructors (your Dad or Mum)

It seems as though these bad habits and incorrect practises are being passed on from generation to generation by people who never learned the rules of the road properly. Maybe people who get lessons from their parents. I don’t know how these people pass their tests. Just lucky, I guess.

But please, people, for everyone’s safety, just refer to the RSA Rules of the Road Handbook. Below is the info from this book on how to indicate correctly on roundabouts:

1st Left and Straight Ahead Turns past 12 o’ Clock Position
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Taking turns past 12 o' Clock position in relation to your starting point on a roundabout - how to indicate correctly!

Taking turns past 12 o’ Clock position in relation to your starting point on a roundabout – how to indicate correctly!

Taking the left turn or going straight ahead on a roundabout - how to indicate correctly!

Taking the left turn or going straight ahead on a roundabout – how to indicate correctly!