Site Loader
Roundabout Lane Discipline  |  Learn to drive: Intermediate skills


Many roads and junctions have more than one
lane for traffic to use – and it is an essential skill for any driver to be able to identify
and stay in the correct lane. This video will take a look at why we need to keep good lane
discipline, practice basic lane discipline at a quiet roundabout, and then use these
skills by driving through a busy town centre. Good lane discipline is the ability to drive
precisely in the correct lane for the intended destination. This isn’t always as easy as
it sounds as there is often a choice of lanes, and we must plan ahead by reading any road
markings and traffic signs present before deciding which lane to use. Then, once our
car enters the roundabout we must keep our position precisely in the correct lane, without
straddling other nearby lanes. Good lane discipline is essential for safe
driving, and of course will be necessary for anyone hoping to pass their Driving Test.
This is because other drivers will be watching our road position, and then anticipating which
way we are intending to drive. If we position poorly and other drivers misunderstand where
we are driving to it could lead to danger, as we will surprise others as we negotiate
the junction. We need to plan ahead as far as possible, and then drive in the correct
lane – as this will make us much more predictable to others, and reduce the chance of a collision. Before we drive into a busy town, lets practice
our lane discipline on this quiet roundabout. This roundabout has a standard 4-way layout,
and there are no extra signs or road markings so we should use the default lane choice for
each direction. We’ll take a look at turning left, driving straight ahead and turning right. When turning left we approach the roundabout
in the left lane, brake smoothly and check the roundabout is clear to enter. We follow
the left hand lane to the first exit, cancel our indicator and continue driving. The overhead
view shows that we need to steer left well before we enter the roundabout, so that we
keep safely in our lane and out of other traffics way. When driving straight ahead we normally use
the left lane on approach, unless road markings say different. We must steer carefully to
stay in the outer lane – as cutting across the inner lane would impede other traffic
and could lead to a collision. We can see that if we steer carefully around the outer
lane there is plenty of space for another car to use the inner lane to turn right. When turning right we approach the roundabout
in the right lane, and after steering left to join the roundabout we follow the inner
lane. We must keep to the inner lane until the exit before ours, and then carefully change
lanes and take our exit from the roundabout. Sometimes our indicators might be difficult
to see, so making sure we change lanes at the correct time will make it clear to other
drivers that we are taking the next exit from the roundabout. Next we’ll take a drive in a busy town centre
to practice our lane discipline. We will see 8 roundabouts in a variety of different sizes
so we will have to plan ahead in order to stay safe. We need to drive straight ahead at this first
roundabout, and the lane markings show we can use either lane. We usually keep to the
left in this situation, so we enter the roundabout and keep to the outer lane until we reach
our exit. We need to turn right at the second roundabout,
so we use the sign on the right to check the layout – we need the 3rd exit. We position
in the right lane and enter the roundabout, then count the exits as we steer around the
inner lane. Just after the 2nd exit we change lanes carefully and take the 3rd exit off
the roundabout. Using the sign before each roundabout is important, as we need to know
which exit we need to take. If we misunderstand which exit we need we could make an error
with our positioning and put ourselves in danger of a collision. We are approaching the sign for the next roundabout,
and this time we need to drive straight ahead, 2nd exit. This roundabout is a standard 4
way layout, so we slow to a safe approach speed and look for any road markings. We spot
that we are allowed to drive straight ahead in both lanes, and again we choose to stay
in the left lane. This time we need to give way to other traffic, so we stop the car smoothly
and wait. Once it is safe we enter the roundabout, stay in the outer lane and accelerate up to
speed. We would only use the right lane here is overtaking slower traffic. Once again we need to drive straight ahead,
and the road markings show either lane is suitable. As we approach the roundabout we
look forward and to the right several times, adjusting our car speed until we can continue.
This roundabout is small so we steer carefully to stay in our lane, as cutting across the
inner lane could cause another vehicle to brake suddenly or swerve to avoid us. Once we have passed the traffic lights we
look ahead to the next junction. We need to drive ahead once more, and this time we spot
the road markings and a small white sign that show we must use the right lane. Good forward
planning and observation like this should mean we don’t find ourselves surprised by
an unplanned situation, where we might drive erratically. We approach the roundabout carefully,
keeping an eye on the traffic in front of us and to the right. We drive slowly across
the roundabout, and continue once the traffic lights turn green. If we need to stop on a
roundabout, we should try to avoid blocking traffic entering the roundabout from the left. A smaller roundabout here, and after reading
the large sign we spot the small white sign with lane directions on. This is important
here, as the road markings are very faded and we need to choose the correct lane so
we don’t mislead other drivers. We cross the roundabout and immediately spot the sign
for the next junction. This time we see that we need to take the
2nd exit to drive straight ahead, but there are no lane markings. The default option is
then to stay in the left lane on approach, and steer around the outer lane carefully
until we reach the second exit. Just one more roundabout to go now, and the next one is
very large. We need to drive straight ahead towards Thetford,
and the sign shows that we need to take the 3rd exit. There are no lane markings, so we
use the left lane as before. This roundabout has a national speed limit, so we must look
out for fast moving traffic. Once the other traffic has passed we enter the roundabout
and follow our lane. After passing the 2nd exit we signal left and finally leave the
roundabout onto the dual carriageway, leaving the town centre. So, remember to;
Use signs and road markings on approach Choose the correct lane to use
Slow the car to a safe approach speed Steer carefully to stay in the correct lane If you found this video interesting then please
click our logo to subscribe to our channel – as it really helps other people find our
videos. If you would like to help support this channel then please click the Patreon
link to find out about our crowdfunding campaign. Thanks for watching!

Reynold King

26 Replies to “Roundabout Lane Discipline | Learn to drive: Intermediate skills”

  1. Thanks for watching – if you found this video interesting then please subscribe to our channel and click the bell to be notified of our next video!  This video includes:
    * 0:06  Introduction
    * 0:38  What is lane discipline?
    * 1:12  Why is lane discipline essential?
    * 1:59  Basic lane discipline
    * 4:45  Lane discipline in a busy town centre
    * 10:03  Summary

  2. If there is a car is approaching the line before roundabout from the right side and not yet entered the roundabout, does that car have priority or can one enter roundabout

  3. Great video! The only thing I’m worried about is other drivers who stay in the outer lane when turning right into a single lane road – any advice?

  4. Video pretty good. However, you forgot to mention the correct use of indicators apart from the last roundabout at 9.51.

  5. It is bloody crazy and dangerous that many roundabouts do not have road markings – do the authorities want drivers to have crashes? It seems that roundabouts are designed deliberately to cause confusion and it does not surprise me that many crashes take place on them; roundabouts are the most dangerous areas on the road.
    I’ve heard that road layouts etc is designed by idiots in government that can’t drive vehicles, so they never have to drive on the chaotic roads they have created for others. But these are the fools that design dangerous road layouts for the rest of us to put our lives in danger…

  6. I would say about 1 in 4 roundabouts I drive on cars from my left enter and force me to break because they have ignored the rules of the roundabout, either not looking and giving way to their right i.e. my car or just totally misjudging entering and then blocking my path to exit. If they are going enter the round about when I am on it, i wish they would do so quickly and clear my path to exit the roundabout and not dawdle and think because they are on the round about they now have the right of way and can block my path to exit.

    I would say it is the single most annoying experience of driving here in the UK.

  7. If there are no lane markings and I am turning past 1oclock within the roundabout, I'm assuming I'll use the right-hand lane?

  8. Come to Durham we have our own rules. Turning right from left hand lane for example. No wonder I can't pass the test.

  9. Advanced…
    At 3:42 the car is in the "inner lane" and not "outer lane", It is terrible of you to always get those two mixed up with each other!

  10. VERY IMPORTANT TO BEAR IN MIND.. IF YOUR INTENDED EXIT IS STRAIGHT AHEAD, DISREGARD THE HOW MANY EXITS BEFORE IT JUST KEEP IN THE LEFT OUTER LANE. 👍

  11. There is no way that last roundabout is straight ahead. I know the sign says it is but I'd have thought entering in the right lane and spiralling out would be better.

  12. I'm learning how to drive and roundabouts have been the most challenging thing for me , its like a mental block I can't get over, but these videos are so helpful in understanding how to cope with them.

  13. Do you need to signal right if going all the way around because I failed my driving test today because I didn't signal right as I was going around the roundabout but I signaled left as I was leaving

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *