Opinion: Why are so many drivers, not indicating correctly at roundabouts?


Its simple.. When leaving any roundabout, you should signal left only left!!!!!

The worst spot is the Alderley Road/A34 bypass roundabout. Traffic coming left to Wilmslow from the bypass and Alderley Edge. Also the Kings Arms Roundabout onto Bethel Lane, passed the Wilmslow Health Centre. It's on many roundabouts around the town and left turns.

Some even signal right, then left, or in most case no signal at all.

This is either just lazy and not considerate for motorists waiting to pull onto the roundabout. Or maybe the car/van wasn't fitted with indicators - especially luxury 4x4 drivers.

Please stop multi-tasking - use hand free phones, drink your coffee when you are parked. Highway Code is simple.. you must signal when leaving the roundabout, i.e. left. This helps everyone to move around quickly and carefully.

Reader's post by Barry Stafford.

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Fulshaw Cross Roundabout


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Andrew James
Thursday 9th July 2015 at 8:45 am
Maybe they are EU nationals who have passed their driving test in a European country and have a EU driving licence BUT have not read and passed the Highway Code in this country. I was in HM Armed Forces and have had to pass the Highway Code of any country I was posted to before being issued a permit to drive even though I had a EU driving licence.
Richard Beresford
Thursday 9th July 2015 at 9:25 am
Being an advanced motorist I have noticed Wilmslow has perticulary poor drivers who are not considerate of others who use the roads, this being a good example of what I witness and what feels like a daily issue. Barry's point that some people indicate right then left is actually the correct procedure when taking the third or more exit off the roundabout. I passed my basic license 20 years ago and believe a refresher should be mandatory every 10-15 years or slightly more which should help cure this issue.
As a temporary solution the local constabulary could be asked to be extra vidulant in these areas or ask the advanced motorist association if they would consider taster sessions for the local people of Wilmslow.
Julia Prestbury
Thursday 9th July 2015 at 10:43 am
Tell me about it - I use this roundabout everyday and am sick and tired of drivers not indicating they are going left onto the bypass, meaning I have to stop unnecessarily. Sorry Andrew but being an EU national is no excuse - if they can see other people indicating then surely it should give them a clue that they should do to?
Thursday 9th July 2015 at 12:37 pm
I think we just have poor drivers. Not a day goes by without seeing someone on a mobile phone on the A34 whilst driving, and we also seem to have lorry drivers who can't read the weight restriction on Varden Bridge.
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 9th July 2015 at 6:42 pm
A very common fault is cars indicating 'right' on the roundabout even as they are turning left off it! Seems particularly to be a 'Wilmslow' thing, that, turning left while indicating right. This can be observed almost any time at the 'Waters' roundabout and the Harden Park roundabout.

Most annoying when you're heading for Altrincham at 'Waters' and you stop for cars coming round the roundabout from the Altrincham direction indicating 'right' as if they are looping back towards Altricham, then taking the Wilmslow exit still while still indicating right!
Jerry Stone
Thursday 9th July 2015 at 7:11 pm
Actually the local Institute of Advanced Motorists do offer free 'taster' assesment session - unfortunately most of the poor drivers don't even realise they are below par and probably wouldn't take advice in the helpful manner it is intended. - Runs are held in WIlmslow even though for administartion the group is 'Stockport Advanced Motorists'
Dave Cash
Friday 10th July 2015 at 2:02 am

The above link is the official on-line Highway Code if anyone wants to read it. Pages 80-83 details what motorists need to know about roundabouts.
The key thing is correct road position when approaching a roundabout .
Anyone wishing to exit left off the roundabout, should signal left on approach, those exiting to right, should signal right turn and move to crown of road, switching to left turn indication as they pass the last unwanted right exit. Approaching drivers wishing to go straight ahead need no indication, other than left turn as above.
All drivers approaching a roundabout should slow down and check for
approaching traffic from right as any vehicle on a roundabout has priority, but access to the roundabout should be regarded as having a 'virtual' stop/give way line like all unsigned junctions. A concept app lost on the motorist who sped along Brook La to Mobberley Rd. with no app reduction in speed across the mini roundabout junction with Knutsford Rd.