British Highway Code for Roundabouts

These are the official instructions taken from the British Highway Code (1998) on Roundabouts and reformatted for the web. Thanks to Gordon Kemp at PRIDE motorcycle training for this update from the U.K.

160. On approaching a roundabout take notice and act on all the information available to you, including traffic signs, traffic lights and lane markings which direct you into the correct lane. You should

161. When reaching the roundabout you should

162. Signals and position, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise.

When taking the first exit

When taking any intermediate exit

When taking the last exit or going full circle

When there are more than three lanes at the entrance to a roundabout, use the most appropriate lane on approach and through it.

163. In all cases watch out for and give plenty of room to

164. Mini-roundabouts. Approach these in the same way as normal roundabouts. All vehicles MUST pass round the central markings except large vehicles which are physically incapable of doing so. Remember, there is less space to manoeuver and less time to signal. Beware of vehicles making U-turns.

165. At double mini-roundabouts treat each roundabout separately and give way to traffic from the right.

166. Multiple roundabouts. At some complex junctions, there may be a series of mini-roundabouts at the intersections. Treat each mini-roundabout separately and follow the normal rules.


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