I have trouble with this roundabout from every angle. My Grandad lives in the cream house with the terracotta roof.https://firstname.lastname@example.org ... 312!8i6656
As you can see, it's right between two mini roundabouts. Approaching from the left requires an early signal and a very slow approach as cars following me assume I'm indicating for the next roundabout to take a left up the opposing hill. They get rather annoyed at my crawl, but better that than they hit me from behind.
Coming from down the afore mentioned hill, they assume my indicator hasn't switched off from the first roundabout and expect me to go straight ahead, again, slowing early is my preferred option. Making it clear I'm doing something abnormal.
The worst position is the one shown from the map link. Coming down the hill and needing to go straight over. No signal on approach followed by a left confuses everybody and a right followed by a quick left never gets noticed. I'm almost always closed upon by cars to my left when I'm coming off the roundabout onto the drive. They assume I'm going right so pull away, only to find I'm driving right in front of them.
With the roof down in the summer, (because daylight, not the cold. I have a hat.) I tend to point at my desired destination which tends to work if the other drivers decide to take notice.
Any ideas for easing the situation?
Hi , I just discovered this 'new' forum , after being on the 'old' forum which seemed to die off a year or two back .
Nice to see most of the familiar names on here .
One thing I'd like to chip in here is the use of hand signals to augment or emphasise a mechanical signal already given ; this was regularly taught under the old six-feature system when there was an initial 'mirrors , signals and speed' at feature two ; then a further 'mirrors and signals' at feature four ( intended to either give a signal that wasn't previously required , or to emphasise a signal already given ) .
An example I often give is when approaching my place of work , with it involving a right turn across a two lane dual carriageway : I often find myself in the right hand lane , trafficating right for following traffic , but at the same time passing slower traffic in the left lane ( it is uphill in a 40 limit and some vehicles are significantly slower , so I can have someone bearing down behind me , at times even in excess of the limit ) ; as well as giving an early right turn signal as soon as I pass the previous gap in the central reservation , if someone is closing on me from behind , I will also give a right turn hand signal to emphasise I am actually turning right and not just overtaking slower traffic .
Another place I regularly give hand signals is approaching my home , which is by the side of the A737 in North Ayrshire in a NSL section : if approaching from the east , there is a minor road on the left immediately before my house and no visibility into or out of it until the last moment . Depending on the circumstances with other traffic , I tend to either open up a gap from following traffic so that I can slow to stop and reverse into my drive before they catch up , or if that isn't possible ( bearing in mind that a left turn signal on the approach , given that someone might appear in the mouth of the junction and assume , wrongly , that I am turning in there , is inadvisable ) I slow gradually and early , slowing the following traffic with me , and give a 'I am slowing down' hand signal on the approach , then put on a left trafficator as soon as it is obvious I'm not turning into the junction , before either moving onto the paved area in front of my house , or if that area is already occupied , stopping as tight into the left as I can , in readiness to reverse into my drive . I always reverse in as reversing out blind onto a main road isn't an option .
Re Titian's mini-roundabout scenario , it should be remembered that there is an 'I intend to go straight ahead' hand signal - normally intended for giving to police officers on points duty , but can just as well be given to other road users .