Drivers on new Carlisle 'bypass' don't know how to use roundabouts - claim
Last updated at 09:19, Saturday, 03 March 2012
Motorists are getting themselves in a spin over how to handle the roundabouts on Carlisle’s new western 'bypass', it has emerged.
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Sorry to bump a diffused discussion.Things have not improved.Each day I am overtaking people on the inside lane on these roundabouts, safely of course, to get ahead of those who continue to use the outside lane for maintaining their route along the same road (it seems obvious what their intentions are after only two roundabouts - the CNDR). However, I will not accept the risk should I not be able to safely negotiate the exit without other drivers having to change speed. Many times I have gone round again, for my exit being blocked.@Anon on 7 March 2012 at 19:26:- the twelve o' clock rule, as I understand it, is a simplification of the highway code taught by instructors and does not apply to those rules on marked lanes. If your exit is posted as being past twelve o' clock you should indicate right and take the appropriate inner lane if available (with two lanes you would direct your vehicle to the innermost), giving way to traffic until that route is available. Then indicating to the right until you have passed the last exit before your destination, you should then indicate left to change lanes and proceed to exit the roundabout if the lane and following exit are safely clear (checking your left mirror and glancing to your left blind-spot, if necessary beforehand). If you are unable to exit safely, you should continue to indicate right, continuing in the appropriate inner lane until the last exit before your chosen destination when, the above applies once again. Yes, this is not documented like this in the highway code however, it does simplify a rather complex explanation of the appropriate use of an unmarked roundabout.This was not a dig at you Anon, just a clarification of a point I made earlier with reference to your comment.For those who are teaching new drivers, thank you for your patience. Our roads are safer if that patience and forethought is applied every time after a new driver has passed their driving test. They have only proven that the law has considered them safe to learn by themselves.If some personal traffic management could be applied to this route temporarily, this may help regular commuters to learn to use this new road safely. I would immediately suggest police presence however, knowing there is a lack of resource, a suitable substitute: lanes marked with arrows for ahead-left and right would make a world of difference as a previous poster has rightly pointed out.That is my rant and again I have stubs for fingers. A fake elbow and metal jaw were not enough you see? I am proud to be wrong, and am very pleased to learn.
A more common issue is that there seem to be many drivers who ignore the 12 o clock rule when planning to continue ahead on these roundabouts. I have had a couple of close calls because some plonker behind me has come along side me to turn off at the same exit. To sort this out people don't need advanced driver training or a driver network, that's a waste of time and the ignorant folk who cause the problem won't listen anyway.If you want mindless sheep to follow the route you want them too, you just point them in the reight direction. All it would take is some arrows in each lane as you approach each roundabout. It's what they do in the rest of the country. I'm not quite sure why this simple measure hasn't been used here.
As if by magic, a wagon just came up the inside of my wife who was correctly using the 12 o clock rule, accelerated to the slip and trashed her driver side door, looked in his mirror and failed to stop. The police have been informed and hopefully he will be stopped before he causes any more damage to drivers driving correctly as per the Highway code.