Not respecting the right of way, speeding too much and not keeping a safe distance are the behaviors observed by the DGT in one in three motorists involved in an accident on a roundabout
One in three motorists involved in roundabout accidents commits an offence, mainly disregarding the right of way, speeding too much and not keeping a safe distance, according to data from the DGT for the year 2020.
There is a wide variety of roundabout designs, but all of them resist and generate a multitude of mishaps, mishaps and discussions. The truth is that, regardless of the design, the driver must take into account the same principles in all aspects: give way to those who are in it and choose the lane he deems most suitable based on the exit he is going to take; once inside, the vehicle occupying a lane is preferred over the vehicle about to enter the lane; and to exit the roundabout it is essential to stand in the outer lane beforehand; and if it has not been possible, make a new turn to put yourself in that position over time.
Violations of the right of way rules are the most frequent of all on roundabouts, one in five. And, as we explained in the first chapter of this series, the cardinal rule states that the vehicles circulating on the roundabout have precedence over the vehicles coming in (provided a signal -traffic light, road marking- or a cop doesn’t order otherwise). .
Therefore, entering a circular space without respecting the right of way of other drivers can cause sudden braking, overtaking and even collisions between vehicles.
Likewise, exiting the roundabout from an inside lane, crossing for other vehicles, can also have serious consequences.
Speeding offenses also cause many incidents on these roundabouts: 8% of the motorists involved in crashes on intercity roundabouts commit a speeding offence.
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Many of the usual roundabout violations occur while driving: lane indiscipline, lane changes without using the direction indicators, or respecting priorities or safety distances. Violations that also complicate driving for other drivers and cause a multitude of unexpected braking and distances between vehicles.
“Using lanes within a roundabout is like any other section of road. We’ll take the lane on the right, out of town, and the one that best suits our destination in urban areas. And we will always change lanes according to two basic rules: respect the right of way of those already circulating in it and signal the maneuver sufficiently in advance so as not to surprise other drivers,” emphasize DGT Driver Training.
Source: La Verdad