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#1 23-08-14 23:00:35

fuel_sp
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Choosing the correct lane

Hello,

Congratulations for the very informative forum. The answers are really very helpful.

a) My question has to do with the roundabouts. In particular, sometimes I drive in the middle lane and at that moment I realize that what I need to do is to turn left. However, being in the middle lane in the roundabout, I suppose that it is illegal to turn all the way left, as I risk colliding with a car that is driving along the left lane.
Hence, in that case the correct thing to do is to continue driving in the roundabout , do a circle and try to find an opportunity to change to the left lane ?

b) I am waiting at a STOP sign. In front of me there is a motorway with 3 lanes. Then, 50 meters down the motorway and onto the right, there is a road. This is where I want to go. So, in order to go there, I need to get to the right lane of the motorway. However, can I drive straight at the right lane of the motorway ? Am I allowed to do this, or should I first get in the left lane, then to the middle lane and then to the right lane ?  (but if I do all these changes, then I will not be able to get to the right lane of the motorway quickly enough to then turn right in 50 meters).



Thank you very much for your answers.

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#2 23-08-14 23:46:03

MAZ
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Re: Choosing the correct lane

HI Fuel_sp,

AS both questions relate to lane positioning I will answer both together.

Firstly, the default or normal lane to drive in on any road is the LEFT lane, any lane to the right of the left lane is for overtaking (passing faster vehicles on your left) or preparing to turn right or another route that is not permissible from the left lane, there needs to be a valid reason to not be in the left lane.

If you find yourself in the wrong lane for the direction you require at a roundabout and it is too late to change to the correct lane, then you can only go in the direction that the lane you are in allows you to go (dependant on arrows or other lane advice). Without knowing the specific roundabout you mention, IF and only IF the lane advice allows you to go right, then your solution should work, if however the middle lane is intended for straight ahead or another intermediate exit then you should take that exit and find somewhere safe to turn around to get yourself back on route.

In your second question, I would suggest you are not facing a Motorway but perhaps a Dual Carriageway as Motorways do not have right turns and assuming you are a learner driver you would not be driving on one as yet. If you know you require a right turn soon, it is better to get across to the right lane sooner rather than later, so in your case before the stop line, as it can be very difficult to safely cross 3 lanes of heavy traffic in a short distance.

To go across to the right lane you will require safe MSM procedure and NOT under any circumstances "drive straight at the right lane" as you suggest, you need to consider the traffic coming from behind you in the lanes to the right of you which will normally be moving faster than you!!!.

I strongly suggest that you ask your/a driving instructor to take you to these situations to practice as they can be quite complicated and dangerous to practice with friends and family.


Maz.

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#3 23-11-14 06:35:37

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Re: Choosing the correct lane

Maz is spot on what he saying
Definately recommend getting a proffesional to show you the lane positioning
We often find that friends/family often say: aim for the middle lane as there's a 50/50 chance of getting your exit right, when in fact you could be causing trouble for traffic behind you

Take the attitude, if I come off the wrong exit, so what..
I'm safe, I didn't cause anyone to slow down or stop unnecessary

Normally use the left lane as Maz explained, unless markings tells you different or if your turning right
As long as you don't end up on the motorway enjoy the scenic route :-)


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#4 24-11-14 21:19:22

RobC
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Re: Choosing the correct lane

MAZ wrote:

HI Fuel_sp,

AS both questions relate to lane positioning I will answer both together.

Firstly, the default or normal lane to drive in on any road is the LEFT lane, any lane to the right of the left lane is for overtaking (passing faster vehicles on your left) or preparing to turn right or another route that is not permissible from the left lane, there needs to be a valid reason to not be in the left lane.

If you find yourself in the wrong lane for the direction you require at a roundabout and it is too late to change to the correct lane, then you can only go in the direction that the lane you are in allows you to go (dependant on arrows or other lane advice). Without knowing the specific roundabout you mention, IF and only IF the lane advice allows you to go right, then your solution should work, if however the middle lane is intended for straight ahead or another intermediate exit then you should take that exit and find somewhere safe to turn around to get yourself back on route.

In your second question, I would suggest you are not facing a Motorway but perhaps a Dual Carriageway as Motorways do not have right turns and assuming you are a learner driver you would not be driving on one as yet. If you know you require a right turn soon, it is better to get across to the right lane sooner rather than later, so in your case before the stop line, as it can be very difficult to safely cross 3 lanes of heavy traffic in a short distance.

To go across to the right lane you will require safe MSM procedure and NOT under any circumstances "drive straight at the right lane" as you suggest, you need to consider the traffic coming from behind you in the lanes to the right of you which will normally be moving faster than you!!!.

I strongly suggest that you ask your/a driving instructor to take you to these situations to practice as they can be quite complicated and dangerous to practice with friends and family.


Maz.

Great answer Maz


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