Roundabouts , why do most of us hate them?
Nearly all people learning to drive detest doing roundabouts on a driving lesson. Roundabouts are designed to ease traffic congestion but why do most of us prefer to opt for traffic lights over a roundabout?
One of the UK’s notorious disliked roundabouts is Hemel Hempstead’s “Magic Roundabout” The traffic island, containing six smaller roundabouts, fought off entries from more than 50 UK locations.
Other destinations include roundabouts in Falmouth, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bath and Letchworth.
Just outside Blackpool there is a infamous roundabout “Bispham Roundabout” which is a common fear amount learner drivers in the area. We spoke to Alison Chamber a former Blackpool council worker who recently took her driving test in Blackpool. Alison says “Bispham roundabout was something I had feared since I was a child, I always heard people saying bad things about it and dreaded doing it on my driving test”
Paul Hornby a driving instructor of Golden Mile Driving School in Blackpool added ” Bispham roundabout should not be feared, we teach all our leaner drivers a step by step approach when dealing with Bispham Roundabout we even have videos giving full instructions on how to safely deal with the approach and exit. There does seem to be much scaremongering about the roundabout, but most of our pupils would agree that after we show them how to do it they feel that it’s fairly simple compared to other roundabouts in the country”
Love them or hate them, roundabouts are everywhere and it’s important to understand roundabouts if you’re going to pass your driving test and be a safe driver.
TIPS ON ROUNDABOUTS
Firstly, make sure that you get into position early. Approach the roundabout carefully and make use of the MSM routine (mirror, signal, manoeuvre). Look early to your right and ahead, giving way to your right.
Keep a look out for vulnerable road users including cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. Pedestrian crossings can also be found near the entrances or exits of a roundabout.