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How to do mini-roundabouts - are they just paint on the road?

Mini-roundabouts: There is no difference between flat or humped mini-roundabouts, and no difference between single or double give way lines on the approach. Mini-roundabouts are defined by the fact that they are only paint on the road, and do not have any kerbs or bollards. They are all treated the same.

The law (Road Traffic Act) says that "you must drive around the central markings unless the size of your vehicle or the road layout makes it impractical to do so."
(The Highway Code phrases it differently - but the Road Traffic Act is the law)

In practice this means you should go over a mini roundabout as much as necessary if: there is not enough room to get around it; or you are in the right-hand lane to turn right, and moving back to the left to avoid it would cause you to swerve into traffic on your left (below).

 

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At a mini roundabout GIVE WAY to your RIGHT.   This means anything that if it turns would hit your car in the driver’s door. So it includes a vehicle entering from the road to your right, a vehicle from straight ahead that is turning to its right, and even a vehicle from the left that is doing a U-turn. Anything that is in the roundabout before you, and on your right-hand side, you must give way to.

Remember also that give way does not mean “wait for”, it means “Don’t get in the way of”, which is completely different.

Example: 2 mini roundabouts in Rochford:
The first at the Fire Station, should be driven over when turning right into Rochford town from the Anne Boleyn. This is because as soon as you pull out into the right turn lane, following traffic will overtake on the left. Any movement of your vehicle to the left could move you into a passing vehicle on that side.

The second, near the station, should be driven around when turning right, from the town square, and NOT over. This is because there is no reason to drive over it. Any left turning traffic will be moving away from you on your left.

 

 

 

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