Roundabouts turning left are similar to turning left at a regular junction
Most roundabouts have four individual junctions. The OSMPSL routine is required for approaching roundabouts turning left. Candidates must use the correct speed, select the right gear and allow sufficient time to position correctly whilst looking into the roundabout to assess traffic.
The examiner will most likely say, “at the roundabout turn left, the first exit please.” Roundabouts turning left are similar to turning left at regular junctions, but with a central position in the required lane to prevent vehicles squeezing past.
Ensure correct position to protect road space
Reduce speed and gears on approach and when close enough finish on the rear brake only before reaching the roundabout. Look to the right on approach to assess if it is clear to continue. Stop if necessary behind the white line in the centre of the lane and in first gear. When clear to move off, stay in the centre of the desired lane in the roundabout, locate and move into the new lane and then cancel signal.
Key points to remember
- Ensure correct position to protect road space
- Reduce speed on approach
- Be prepared to stop at the junction if necessary
- Always stop if there is any question of safety
- Take time and do not be pressured
- Remain in the centre of left hand lane on approach
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