Roundabouts generally work quite well in keeping traffic moving and improving safety at intersections, but they can be daunting for the more nervous or inexperienced driver. Here's 5 things you need to be aware of.
1) Slowing down- An early and gradual slow down is key, this gives you more time to plan ahead and can avoid a late sudden reaction on the brake. This is particularly important on a downhill roundabout.
2) The 12 O' Clock rule- If your destination on a roundabout is to the right of 12 o' clock then you should use the inside lane and signal right on your approach always remembering to signal left as you exit. Only use the right lane if one is marked out, a lot of the mini-roundabouts won't actually have a right lane so in the case of a single lane roundabout stay relatively central.
3) Mini-roundabouts- These can be challenging for the average learner driver but if you focus mostly on the right and have quick hands in a tight space as you turn, it can be very manageable. Try not to treat the mini-roundabout like a T-junction, focus more on traffic approaching from the right and proceed if it is safe.
4) Blind Roundabouts- The only practical option here is to slow down to slow walking pace, drop to first gear and creep out while leaning forward for a better view. This is the safest thing to do if you can't see due to a wall or a line of parked cars. It's good to let down the windows a little bit to help you hear better.
5) SPOT- The word SPOT can help you remember the important steps as you approach a roundabout, S is for slow down, P is for position, O is for observation and T is for the timing of the signals.
I hope these tips helped you, please have a look at the attached video where I demonstrate each of the 5 pieces of advice.