PLEASE TAKE CARE – KEEP THE ROADS SAFE FOR OUR FAMILIES
Roundabouts are designed to slow down traffic but to also keep it moving…
Some engineers inadvertently design roundabouts to tip trucks over – have a look at the roundabout at Englands Road and Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour. Take special care to be aware of this dangerous roundabout.
Some roundabouts in Coffs Harbour have a total of 8 approach lanes. Think about it, 8 people doing their own thing. Some of us know how to use roundabouts, others treat it as a racing track, and others seem close their eyes and hope. Few read the rules (check the link above)
What is a roundabout?
Basically it is a crossroad with a pile of dirt in the middle, the aim is to avoid that pile of dirt and stay in YOUR LANE.
- Firstly you will be advised of a roundabout by a roundabout sign
- Check your rear vision mirror – “How close are they to you”?
- Select the correct lane early
- Your approach speed should be down to 20-25kph
- Merge – there is often no need to actually stop
- If you drive a manual, be in 2nd gear for approach and the roundabout.
What lane should I be in on approach to roundabout?
- If turning LEFT, or proceeding AHEAD, approach roundabout in left lane: enter and exit using LEFT lane
- If turning RIGHT select Right lane: enter roundabout using Right lane and exit into RIGHT lane
- ALWAYS use your indicators to show when you are going to exit the roundabout
- If your car is leaning to the LEFT you are going to fast.
Try to keep your vehicle level and your brakes will be a lot more affective.
- If there is a truck in front of you in the roundabout, do not overtake and wait until the truck has left the roundabout.