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As with all junctions, you must use the OSMPSL routine on approach. You should approach the roundabout at an appropriate speed, in the correct gear and adopt the correct position in the centre of your lane. This gives you a command position which means you are dominating your lane.
Take note of any road surface markings or sign posts and if there aren’t any use the left hand lane. The approach is exactly the same as for turning left at a roundabout but without the need to indicate which tells others that you intend to ride straight ahead.
You must try to look as early as possible into the roundabout to start gathering information. Once you make the decision to go, move into the centre of the left hand lane in the roundabout. This lane may also be referred to as the outer lane.
On reaching the point of no return, this is when passing the exit before the one to be taken, apply the left indicator to show intention to leave the roundabout. Then you should carry out a lifesaver to ensure it is safe to leave the roundabout and then exit into the new lane. Once in the new lane cancel the signal and continue.
You will need to be aware of traffic approaching from the left hand junction and also overtaking traffic on the right if the roundabout has two lanes.
Professional training is imperative, especially for complicated roundabouts. Your local training provider will ensure you know how to deal with various roundabouts safely before being unaccompanied on the road.
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