How To Master Roundabouts In Brentwood

How To Master Roundabouts In Brentwood

Plenty of learners find it difficult to get their head around roundabouts – not just in Brentwood but all over the country.

Just seeing a roundabout sign can induce fear and panic in most drivers, but roundabouts aren’t half as scary as you think if you get your road positioning and signalling right.

Get the basics right

There are around 10,000 roundabouts in the UK and they come in all shapes and sizes. You only need to master a basic four exit roundabout as you can then apply the skills you learn to other more complicated road layouts.

As you approach, look for road signs and road markings that will direct you into the right lane. Check your mirrors and signal in plenty of time if you need to switch to another lane.


Tackling roundabouts is all about being in the right position, driving at the right speed and keeping an eye out for other road users on the passenger side, particularly motorbikes and cyclists.

Turning left (first exit)

  • Position yourself in the left-hand lane
  • Signal to turn left
  • Move on to the roundabout when the road is clear and keep signalling left
  • Use the passenger door mirror (nearside) to check that it’s safe to exit the roundabout


Going straight ahead (second exit)

  • Approach in the lane indicated by road signs or markings – if in doubt, stick to the left-hand lane
  • Only signal left once you’ve passed the exit before the one you want
  • Use your nearside mirror to make sure the exit is clear and you’re safe to leave the roundabout


Turning right (third or final exit)

  • Position yourself in the right-hand lane
  • Keep signalling right as you move around the roundabout
  • Signal left when you pass the exit before the one that you want to take
  • Use your nearside mirror to check for other road users and then exit the roundabout


Any other tips?

Don’t panic! Just remember MSPSL: Mirror – Signal – Position – Speed – Look and check that the car in front is actually moving before you pull away. Larger and more complex roundabouts can seem intimidating, but they all follow the basic pattern for signalling and lane positioning, so start with smaller roundabouts and work your way up.

Mastering roundabouts in Brentwood is all about practice, so book in for a lesson and ask your driving instructor to take you round the Brook Street roundabout until you’re 100% confident with your roundabout driving and ready for your test!

6 Tips On Mastering A Roundabout


If you’re learning to drive – or even if you’ve already passed – roundabouts can be very intimidating.

But like motorways, parking or taking your first lesson out on the road, roundabouts quite simply aren’t as bad as they appear.

What’s more, they get easier and easier the more you use them.

Let’s take a look at a few tips to make the process easier.

Tip 1 – Choose your exit, and your lane

The first thing you want to think about is which exit you’ll be taking.

You should know this in advance of entering the roundabout, and your sat nav will also tell you. Stay to the left-hand lanes, or the left of the road, for the first 50% of exits, and be on the right-hand side for the following ones.

For a three-lane roundabout, only the first exit requires you to be on the left-hand side.

Tip 2 – Watch your gears and speed

An appropriate speed is absolutely essential to tackle a roundabout. If you go to fast, you’ll make hasty decisions and potentially endanger other road users. Too slow and you’ll hold things up, which is also very dangerous in itself.

Second gear is absolutely fine for your average roundabout, and you can go up to third for faster ones on A-roads and dual carriageways. Sticking to these gears is a good way to ensure you keep the right speed.

Tip 3 – Remember to give way!

You’ve probably heard a bit about this one already. Put simply, by ‘giving way to the right’, we mean to allow traffic coming from the right-hand side to have priority. Once there’s no more traffic coming from the right, then you can enter the roundabout.

Tip 4 – Indicating


Indicating at the right time is very important – doing it incorrectly is confusing for other drivers. Indicate for your lane as soon as you pass the exit point of the preceding lane. So if you’re coming off on the second exit, begin indicating as you pass the halfway point of the first exit.

Tip 5 – Be assertive

It’s important to be assertive, yet careful, when you’re exiting the roundabout. After you’ve checked your mirrors and indicated, begin to move into the next lane if appropriate, and ensure that you’re in the right position to leave the roundabout.

Tip 6 – Get away!

After you’ve exited the roundabout, it’s important to get away from it quickly so as to keep the traffic flow moving. Go up a gear and accelerate away.