Turning right at roundabouts (CBT)

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How to turn right at a roundabout on a motorcycle

Maintaining a dominant lane position

The OSMPSL routine is vital in preparing to enter a busy/fast moving roundabout. Take note of road markings and if absent, use the right hand lane. Indicate right and move into the middle of the right hand lane, maintaining a dominant lane position to prevent other vehicles from trying to squeeze through. Approach the roundabout at an appropriate speed, selecting the correct gear and adopting the optimum lane position. Look early ‘into’ the roundabout, assess the traffic flow and make a decision to ride on or stop.

Once a decision to go is made, move into the centre of the right hand lane (also referred to as the inner lane). It may be necessary to take a lifesaver to the left on entering the roundabout (as a safety check). Do not cut across the left lane. Once in position in the right hand lane, continue to look in the intended direction of travel and on reaching the point of no return, change signal to the left and carry out a left lifesaver to exit the roundabout. Once in the new lane cancel signal. This can be a challenging roundabout for learner/novice riders and professional training is considered vital.

Novice rider tips - turning right at roundabouts

  • Use the OSMPSL routine on approach
  • Ensure correct position and protect road space
  • Maintain correct speed on approach
  • Always be prepared to stop at the roundabout
  • Stay in the middle of the inner (right) lane
  • Take sufficient time and do not rush
  • Do not cut across left lane, going around the roundabout
  • Swap signal from right to left at the point of no return
  • Lifesaver to the left before exiting the roundabout
  • If after signalling and carrying out a lifesaver, it isn’t clear to exit, go around again and repeat the sequence to exit
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