Turning right at roundabouts on a motorcycle (MOD 2 test tips)

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Roundabouts turning right

Look early into the roundabout, assess the traffic and decide to ride on if clear

The examiner will most likely say “At the roundabout turn right, the third exit please”. The OSMPSL routine must be used on approach. 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.

“Should the wrong lane be chosen on approach to the roundabout, that direction should be taken for rider safety. Do not cut across lanes at the last second.” – Simon Hayes, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Rider (IAM & RoSPA)

Approach the roundabout at an appropriate speed, in the correct gear and in a central position in the right-hand lane. Look early into the roundabout, assess the traffic and decide to ride on if clear, or stop if not (or in any doubt). The final approach should be on the rear brake only and stop if necessary behind the white line, in the centre of the lane, in first gear.

Take a left ‘lifesaver’ before exiting the roundabout

Once a decision to go is made, move into the centre of the right-hand lane (inner lane). It may be necessary to take a ‘lifesaver’ to the left on entering the roundabout. Do not cut across the left-lane.

Once in a central position in the right-hand lane (inner 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’ in preparation to exit the roundabout. Once in the new lane cancel signal.
This type of roundabout can be challenging for novice riders and it is advisable to commit to professional motorcycle training prior to taking the Module Two test.

“If in doubt on approach to the roundabout, a decision to stop should be made on the grounds of safety.”- Russell Binns, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Rider (IAM & RoSPA)

Key points to remember:

  • Use the OSMPSL routine on approach
  • Adopt the correct position to protect road space
  • Maintain correct speed on approach
  • Be prepared to stop at the roundabout
  • Stay in the middle of the inner (right) lane
  • Take time and do not rush
  • Do not cut across left lane in the roundabout
  • Change the signal from right to left at the point of no return
  • Take a left ‘lifesaver’ before exiting the roundabout
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