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Driver Training On Nottingham's Complex Roundabouts
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Driver Training on Nottingham\'s Complex Roundabouts

Nottingham has some of the largest and most complex roundabouts you will find anywhere. Ranging from tight mini roundabouts in small town centres to huge multi lane roundabouts near the motorway. A wide range of driving skills are needed to stay safe. Here is a guide for those who teach driving in the area.

One of the things most neglected by even experienced drivers is signalling. It is dangerous and a serious inconvenience to other motorists when a driver refuses to make their intentions clear. The basic procedure is simple. Signal left on approach if turning left, signal right when turning right. If going ahead or using any intermediate exit signal to leave when passing the junction prior to the one you wish to take. If you do not signal then traffic wishing to enter the roundabout cannot decide whether to proceed or not. This can be very annoying especially if traffic is busy and gaps are few.

Preparation begins early by looking ahead and actively scanning for signs. The first sign will give a diagram of the layout with exits labelled with route numbers. Check which exit you want and make a note of the number. The second sign will show which lane you need to be in. Don't leave changing lanes until the last second as waiting traffic will block you in the wrong lane. Move into the lane you need early whilst traffic is still flowing. Late instructions during driving lessons are a major problem when approaching roundabouts so give directions well in advance.

When on the roundabout learners tend to focus on the road. This is a mistake which needs to be put right early on in the training. It is impossible to follow lane lines unless looking well ahead in the direction of travel. Secondary signs posted at the exits will be missed and these are important as some roundabouts will require a lane change when driving through. Also be aware that cyclists and horse riders will stay to the left whichever way they are going and large vehicles will tend to swing wide straddling lanes. Aim the eyes high and get your information in good time.

Those taking driver training Nottingham area will need to look for pedestrians when leaving a roundabout. Many zebra crossings are placed within metres of the junction. This could be said to be dangerous but it is often the point where people want to cross the road. If the crossings were placed further away then people would not use them. Cover the brake and be prepared to stop if you have any doubts.

There are lots of mini roundabouts to be encountered when driving in urban areas so pupils will need to be prepared for these. Always plot a course around the painted circle and not over it, though this is unavoidable in some cases. Watch out for drivers using the mini roundabout to do a U turn. You can spot them by their wide position and slow speed. This is a manoeuvre that is definitely best avoided on roundabouts.


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