3 lane roundabout confusion

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FlatToTheMat

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1,353 posts

98 months

Saturday 19th August 2017
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Hi guys, I frequent a three lane roundabout most days and want to know if I'm doing it right as today a guy got quiet irate at me when I beeped him for cutting across me (imo)



From 6 o'clock, I stuck to the left lane to my straight 12 o'clock exit. He, from 6 o'clock took the middle lane up around the roundabout before exiting at 12 at the very last moment.

Was I in the wrong? Bearing in mind I was ahead on the roundabout until that very exit

I want to know because I see it happening frequently. Should I take the central lane, in my opinion it's left and maybe central

carlpea

381 posts

74 months

Saturday 19th August 2017
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Personally this would be my approach due to being single lane exit roads. Dual lane is a completely different beast...


FlatToTheMat

Original Poster:

1,353 posts

98 months

Saturday 19th August 2017
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carlpea said:
Personally this would be my approach due to being single lane exit roads. Dual lane is a completely different beast...

Thank you and that's the rote I take sometimes depending on traffic flow but never 100% sure. I don't always approach the roundabout from the same direction but I normally going straight

Rick101

5,616 posts

85 months

Saturday 19th August 2017
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I would have approached in the middle lane (lane 2) if looking to take the third exit.

Unfortunately not a massive amount of lane guidance on approach.
https://goo.gl/maps/yW31aqZ26Ek

Edited by Rick101 on Saturday 19th August 14:30

FlatToTheMat

Original Poster:

1,353 posts

98 months

Saturday 19th August 2017
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Ok, I was at fault then. Thanks for clearing that.

I guess the easy way to think of it is. Left lane is any left exit, middle is straight abd right is anything past straight

Makes sense
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Rick101

5,616 posts

85 months

Saturday 19th August 2017
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It is a bit of a strange set up.

It looks like exits 1,2 and 4 have space for a dual lane exit and a merge but they've opted not to do this.

Ironically, exit 3 which looks to be the primary route has lass space than any of the others.

oldcynic

2,136 posts

96 months

Saturday 19th August 2017
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The roundabout looks somewhat ambiguous to me, so I would either fall in line with the majority behaviour or pick the shortest queue. However the other guy barging ahead and cutting you up was in the wrong, in my opinion.

Perhaps he decided you were in the wrong and that this justified behaving like an arse.

R0G

4,713 posts

90 months

Saturday 19th August 2017
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3rd exit can be done from either lane 1 or 2 on approach BUT those exiting from lane 2 MUST give way to those in lane 1 - shown by the fact that a lane line must be crossed to do it

FlatToTheMat

Original Poster:

1,353 posts

98 months

Saturday 19th August 2017
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oldcynic said:
The roundabout looks somewhat ambiguous to me, so I would either fall in line with the majority behaviour or pick the shortest queue. However the other guy barging ahead and cutting you up was in the wrong, in my opinion.

Perhaps he decided you were in the wrong and that this justified behaving like an arse.
I did pick the shortest queue and judging by his shouting and screaming, it outburst was indeed predetermined.

Thanks for replying

cmaguire

3,589 posts

44 months

Saturday 19th August 2017
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R0G said:
3rd exit can be done from either lane 1 or 2 on approach BUT those exiting from lane 2 MUST give way to those in lane 1 - shown by the fact that a lane line must be crossed to do it
It would still, in my opinion, be best practice for anyone in lane 2 to move into lane 1 at or after the prior exit so that ideally everyone should leave from lane 1 (particularly in view of what appears to be lanes as wide as a blue whale on the roundabout).

Red Devil

10,990 posts

143 months

Sunday 20th August 2017
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Rick101 said:
I would have approached in the middle lane (lane 2) if looking to take the third exit.

Unfortunately not a massive amount of lane guidance on approach.
https://goo.gl/maps/yW31aqZ26Ek
It would seem that the local custom is to take the 'racing line'. smile
https://goo.gl/maps/ni8Jz8VcBLJ2
https://goo.gl/maps/UKTtrg34TKr
https://goo.gl/maps/mcuvDEv2YEk
It might depend on traffic levels though.

Pica-Pica

3,766 posts

19 months

Sunday 20th August 2017
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I would take lane 2, without knowing more about it. I thinking beeping anyone in these circumstances is a waste of energy, unless there was an imminent collision. Even then evasive action, with pride awareness is easier all round. Maybe he was unsure where to go. It looks a small roundabout for three entry lanes.
The worst roundabouts are two lanes in, and two lanes on exit, but with an early keep left arrow as those two exit lanes rapidly squeeze down to one lane.

FlatToTheMat

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1,353 posts

98 months

Sunday 20th August 2017
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Pica-Pica said:
I would take lane 2, without knowing more about it. I thinking beeping anyone in these circumstances is a waste of energy, unless there was an imminent collision. Even then evasive action, with pride awareness is easier all round. Maybe he was unsure where to go. It looks a small roundabout for three entry lanes.
The worst roundabouts are two lanes in, and two lanes on exit, but with an early keep left arrow as those two exit lanes rapidly squeeze down to one lane.
Replies so far are split on lane 1 or 2 but most are saying 2. Like I said I'm happy to be wrong, just want to know for sure in the future.

It was more a 'I'm here' kinda toot, than a full blown hand hand horn kinda thing too. He got quite animated over the whole thing mind you. Saying that I'm extremely calm and rarely flustered behind the wheel.

Thanks for all the replies!

dvenman

115 posts

50 months

Tuesday 29th August 2017
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FlatToTheMat said:
Hi guys, I frequent a three lane roundabout most days and want to know if I'm doing it right as today a guy got quiet irate at me when I beeped him for cutting across me (imo)
Irrespective of the rights and wrongs - and even ADers get it wrong at times - if you're unsure of a situation then make sure you have a good idea of what's going on around you, plan accordingly, and then don't beep someone if something unexpected happens - all that does is inflame things.