Going straight ahead at roundabouts on a motorcycle (MOD 2 test tips)

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Roundabouts straight ahead for module two test success

Take note of road markings and if there are none, use the left-hand lane

The examiner will say, “At the roundabout follow the road ahead, the second exit please.” Candidates must use the OSMPSL routine and approach at a comfortable speed, in the correct gear, whilst adopting a dominant position in the centre of their lane. Take note of road markings and if there are none, use the left-hand lane. The approach is the same as for turning left, but without the need to indicate which communicates intent to ride straight ahead.

“Ask the local training provider to fully explain the term ‘the point of no return’ and also to clarify where and which shoulder a ‘lifesaver’ should be taken depending on prevailing conditions with roundabouts straight ahead.” – Simon Hayes, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Rider (IAM & RoSPA)

Carry out a ‘lifesaver’ to check it is safe to leave

Look early into the roundabout and once the decision to go is made move into the centre of the left-hand lane (outer lane). On reaching the point of no return, apply the left indicator to show the intention to leave the roundabout. Carry out a ‘lifesaver’ to check it is safe to leave and then exit into the new lane. Once in the new lane cancel signal and continue.

Professional motorcycle training is beneficial, especially for dealing with complicated roundabouts. A local training provider will ensure candidates know how to deal safely with various roundabouts on possible test routes, before being taking the Module Two test.

“An awareness check over the right shoulder maybe necessary before exiting the roundabout, plus – avoid gravel build up in certain areas on the outside of the roundabout.” – Russell Binns, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Rider (IAM & RoSPA)

Key points to remember:

  • Use OSMPSL routine on approach
  • Ensure correct position to protect road space
  • Adopt the correct speed on approach
  • Always be prepared to stop at the roundabout
  • Stay in the middle of the outer (left-hand) lane for safety
  • Take sufficient time and do not rush
  • In the roundabout, avoid cutting across into the inner lane
  • A ‘lifesaver’ must be taken before leaving the roundabout
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