Straight-lining roundabouts

Straight-lining roundabouts

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TVR Tommy

601 posts

192 months

Tuesday 20th April
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I’ve had an idiot straight line a two lane roundabout forcing me to hit the roundabouts inner curb. Bending my steering arm. I was carrying more speed into the roundabout and they just shut to door. They didn’t even realise what they’d done as they carried on down the road. Leaving me stranded with wheels pointing in different directions.

I now commute into Milton Keynes and people seem to be incapable of turning their steering wheel enough to stay in there own lane. When negotiating or leaving a roundabout.

_Hoppers

651 posts

32 months

Wednesday 21st April
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TVR Tommy said:
I’ve had an idiot straight line a two lane roundabout forcing me to hit the roundabouts inner curb. Bending my steering arm. I was carrying more speed into the roundabout and they just shut to door. They didn’t even realise what they’d done as they carried on down the road. Leaving me stranded with wheels pointing in different directions.

I now commute into Milton Keynes and people seem to be incapable of turning their steering wheel enough to stay in there own lane. When negotiating or leaving a roundabout.
This scenario makes up 99% of DCW compilations!

waremark

2,911 posts

180 months

Wednesday 21st April
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TVR Tommy said:
I’ve had an idiot straight line a two lane roundabout forcing me to hit the roundabouts inner curb. Bending my steering arm. I was carrying more speed into the roundabout and they just shut to door. They didn’t even realise what they’d done as they carried on down the road. Leaving me stranded with wheels pointing in different directions.
I try to avoid being alongside others on a roundabout, or at least to make sure there is somewhere to go if another driver does this.

johnao

589 posts

210 months

Thursday 22nd April
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waremark said:
TVR Tommy said:
I’ve had an idiot straight line a two lane roundabout forcing me to hit the roundabouts inner curb. Bending my steering arm. I was carrying more speed into the roundabout and they just shut to door. They didn’t even realise what they’d done as they carried on down the road. Leaving me stranded with wheels pointing in different directions.
I try to avoid being alongside others on a roundabout, or at least to make sure there is somewhere to go if another driver does this.
This. Agreed.

If you aren’t positioned at least a little bit ahead, so they know you’re there, then stay behind.

FunkyNige

7,525 posts

242 months

Friday 23rd April
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We had people taking it one step further on this roundabout near me:


Being off centre of the road people driving North to South would just drive on the wrong side of the road instead of going around the roundabout, especially if they were stuck behind a lorry.

It's been changed to stop people doing this by shifting the road edges around a bit but everyone was saying it would happen as soon as they saw the plans!

PhilAsia

103 posts

42 months

Sunday 25th April
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TVR Tommy said:
I’ve had an idiot straight line a two lane roundabout forcing me to hit the roundabouts inner curb. Bending my steering arm. I was carrying more speed into the roundabout and they just shut to door. They didn’t even realise what they’d done as they carried on down the road. Leaving me stranded with wheels pointing in different directions.

I now commute into Milton Keynes and people seem to be incapable of turning their steering wheel enough to stay in there own lane. When negotiating or leaving a roundabout.
So, if you "know" people seem incapable of turning their steering wheel. Why did you assume that carrying more speed and having the door shut would not happen in this particular instance?

Jaetten

108 posts

37 months

Monday 26th April
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Saw the same thing, and got on dashcam with a BMW undertaking and straight lining which forced a Toyota to slow down to save their front end on the Morrisons roundabout on the A6 in Belper... Quite common on this roundabout.

fwaggie

1,630 posts

167 months

Sunday 20th June
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stogbandard said:
This! I also blame more recent roundabout designs that have more awkward entry angles that points the left lane in a tangential trajectory towards the inside of the roundabout:
https://goo.gl/maps/Pew5fB8qbr8DDBbx5

Rather than this where the angle points the left lane in a tangential trajectory to the outside of the roundabout:
https://goo.gl/maps/RGJQTv1qQXHff1nf8

Negotiating the latter “properly” feels more natural.
With both of those the direction of the roundabout that is more curved is where other traffic may be joining it. I find that perfectly acceptable as plenty of people joining a roundabout see something coming from their right and either just don't see it or thing its a milk float and pull out, also people going straight on (along the curvy bit) may miss seeing something. This helps prevent those accident.