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How To Improve Your Driving Skills at Intersections with a Roundabout

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How To Improve Your Driving Skills at Intersections with a Roundabout

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You will come across quite a few roundabouts driving in Melbourne and for that matter in most large cities in the world. Personally, I find roundabouts a great way of letting traffic flow steadily without too much of a hold up. Unlike traffic lights, one does not need to stop and wait for any traffic signals to move through.

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When entering a roundabout be sure to decide which direction you need to go and have a good idea because some roundabouts can be complex an require one to move into a lane that is designed to meets the requirements of the area in question. Roundabouts are designed to address the local area traffic needs.

The most important rule after knowing where you’re heading is to give way to all vehicles already in the roundabout that are approaching from the right. It is like a T intersection and one really needs to give way to the right.

As always, take care to observe vehicles of all sizes, especially motor cycles that can move fairly quickly. When there’s a safe gap in the traffic and if you think you have more than enough time to make your way through then proceed to enter the roundabout. We should emphasize here that roundabouts are a hazard situation and your hazard perception skills need be always on high alert.

Use your signals to indicate the direction you will be going. The only exception is when you’re heading straight through without any minor turns on the roundabout. If you’re turning to the right or left then you need to indicate before you enter the roundabout and maintain the signal until you’ve turned into that direction.

Roundabouts are intersections that control traffic and allow that traffic to flow in all directions without too much waiting. In Australia all roundabouts are clockwise flowing. We stick to the round left of the island in the middle. The island in the middle of the roundabout is designed and is not part of the roadway for vehicles to travel over.

The video below is made for the UK drivers and is equally valid here in Australia too. There are much more tips in the video to help you with your driving skills at roundabouts.

In Australia we have road signs that help drivers have the best road experiences in the world. There will be roundabout signs way before you approach one. Those signs are designed to help motorist in their decision making. So, choose the lane that will be best suited for your traveling path.

Learning to drive through and around a roundabout requires a new special skill in ones driving knowledge. It requires lots of practice when early in ones driving life. If you’re a learner driver then it is very important that you take many driving lessons to learn to drive through roundabouts. These driving skills come very handy in avoiding road hazards in your future.

Get it touch with our Melbourne Driving School for the best driver learning experience. Our driving instructors in our driving school have helped so many learner drivers perfect their roundabout driving skills. We’ve not only helped many of our students pass their driving test on first go but also helped them achieve high pass rates. Learn to drive with Rahma Driving School Melbourne.

8 Rules You Ought To Know When Driving Your Car

By the time one has learned and passed the test for their learners, did several hundred hours of driving lessons and doing on the driving test, there’s still more to learn as a driver. You will never stop learning on the roads even at 40, 50 or 60 years of age. That is why VicRoads has put extra emphasis on increasing your hazard perception skills to avoid all sorts of accidents from developing.

As Australia’s population increases, the cities are getting more crowded every year. More young people join the drivers list and thereby more vehicles are added to the ever crowded roads and streets of every city in Australia. This is also true of other cities in other nations which face similar growing crowd of drivers on their roads.

In this article we present some of the more not well know rules that one should be aware of. Breaking any of these rules is an offense that could be very expensive.

Mobile Phones

Touch_phoneNot long ago now, Australia as a nation introduced laws against using mobile phones while driving a vehicle. This particular rule states that even whilst stationary and the car is in ignition and on the road you are still seen as driving the car.

It is an offense to use your mobile as a driver. So, don’t even bother having it on your lap, that too is considered using the phone. It is dangerous to use a mobile phone as a driver. We’ve seen people using mobile devices who failed to give way.

Orange Lights

Orb-BronzePennyWe all hate traffic but is it worth risking a big fine to save a few minutes of your life? By law, if you can stop safely on an orange light then you ought to stop. If you sped up and tried to pass on orange light and it was safe to stop, and you were stopped by a police officer whilst running the orange light then you have been caught breaking one of the road rules that is not well known to a lot of us. The fine for such an offense is high and it is the same as running a red light.

Throwing Garbage

Recycle2Be a good Samaritan and keep your garbage in your car and take it home or stop near a bin and bin it. It is adding rubbish into the environment and thereby an office that can be expensive. If you caught throwing any rubbish out of your car then you’re looking at more than $200 fine in most states in Australia.

Car Horn and Waving Your Friend Goodbye

glyphicons_073_signalDo you like to use the car horn to say good bye to your friends or even wave you arm out the window? If you do both of these together then you’ll be hit a with double fine. Be warned, it will cost you at-least 2 demerit points and fines.

Obscuring Your Number Plates

glyphicons_052_eye_closeDon’t block out your number plates if you don’t want to lose at-least half of your weekly pay. In Victoria, if you have a bike rack and there is not bikes attached then it is an offense and you will get a fine for that. The rules are there to help the general public from hurting themselves. Mind you, when I first learned about this rule I asked myself that this does not make any sense. But, if you do a little bit of thinking it all comes clear and bright. The bicycle rack is no danger to a lot of people whilst the car is moving but it is a danger when you’ve parked your car.

Do Not Do Drugs and Drive!

glyphicons_298_hospitalHaving any drugs in your blood stream is not only illegal but also very dangerous when driving. This is a law under all states in Australia. In Victoria, the fines for such an offense is 10 demerit points and $455. Not to mention that in order to drive again, you would need to be free of drugs for the next 3 years. It’s sad but the reality is that is needs to be implemented for the safety of other road users. There has been many accidents involving drug use and driving in the past.

Cyclist and Pedestrian

BikeThis is perhaps a very import rule to note. It is a common problem when cars meet cyclist and pedestrians on the roads. Did you know that if you open the car door and accidentally hit a cyclist or a pedestrian who is going past you is an offense and the is $379 in most states.

When next time you drive past a cyclist on the road make sure to give enough space between you and them. You must at-least give 1 metre space at speeds below 60kms/hr and 1.5 metres at speeds more than 60Kms/hr. The fine for such an offense if you caught breaking it is 3 demerit points and more than $300 in most states.

Overtaking a Vehicle

glyphicons_028_carsThe final common road rule I am sure most people are not even aware of but are always breaking it. When a driver overtakes another vehicle and cuts in too early is an office, as is speeding up to avoid been overtaken.

I am sure there are more of these “not very well know road rules” most of us are not aware of.  Drive safe and increase your hazard perception skills.

 

 

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