Turning left at roundabouts (CBT)

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Turning left roundabouts on a motorcycle - how to turn left

The most common roundabout will have four ‘spokes’

Learner riders will be faced with a great variety of roundabouts. The most common roundabout will have four ‘spokes’ – being ‘central’ to four roads, with four individual junctions, all of which will likely have two lanes on entry. The OSMPSL routine is an important requirement for safely approaching roundabouts. Riders must also ensure an appropriate speed, to facilitate the correct gear and allow sufficient time to adopt an optimum road position, whilst looking ‘into’ the roundabout to assess traffic flow.

Turning left at a roundabout is very similar to turning left at a regular junction. A key difference is the need to maintain a central/dominant position in the required lane on approach – to prevent vehicles from behind squeezing past in the same lane.

Professional roundabout training is imperative

If the roundabout is clear on approach and it is safe – look forward and in the intended direction of travel – ride into the roundabout, whilst staying in the centre of the left hand lane and safely leave the roundabout at the first exit. Cancel signal in the new lane.

  • Use the OSMPSL routine on approach
  • Ensure correct position to protect road space
  • Maintain correct speed on approach
  • Be prepared to stop at the junction if required
  • Always stop if there is any question of safety
  • Take enough time, do not be pressured and do not rush
  • Remain in the centre of left hand lane
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