How to drive on roundabouts in Dubai Driving exam

image1: Signal indicating roundabout

Roundabouts


Have you ever wondered why the need of roundabouts? I have seen a lot of Roundabouts in Dubai which was a surprise for me!

Roundabouts are made to smooth traffic in the intersections. And mostly it will be more than one lane. In Dubai, you can see many roundabouts in internal roads. If you are learning driving in the Belhasa centres you may be knowing this as the route where test takes place having few roundabouts you have to drive. You can see roundabout symbol (the symbol in the image1, with a blue background and arrows in anti-clock direction) to indicate there is a roundabout you are approaching.

Things to take care on roundabouts


On approaching the roundabouts you have to reduce your speed to about to 20KMPH it will help you to gain good control and can give way to other vehicles in the roundabout.

You must give way to the vehicle already in the roundabout and also the traffic from your left side. You can enter the roundabout when there is a safe gap and you feel safe.

Treat this intersection exactly as you would for any other intersection you encountered and cautious too.

There are some rules you need to understand and follow for safe driving that if Depend on the direction where you are going through the roundabout

You have to choose correct lane for exit from a roundabout.

# 1 Turning right


If you are turning right, signal right on approaching the roundabout.
Check the traffic from your left side and if any vehicle approaching you have to give way. Also if there is an enough gap you have to drive through. Then only enter the roundabout.

# 2 continue straight


If you are going straight, do not signal on approach. You’re not turning, you are simply steering around the traffic circle. If you signal right, people think you are turning right; and that could be dangerous as he may try to overtake you by assuming you are going right.

When you pass the first exit, turn on the right signal to indicate you are exiting the roundabout and quickly check your blind spot to ensure anyone trying to pass you from your right side. Even though they are doing wrong you have to ensure everything right as you are a safe drive.

# 3 Left turn

If you are turning left, signal left before the traffic circle. This is particularly important in the case where there’s an oncoming vehicle approaching after you’ve already entered the circle. If you have your left signal on, the driver should yield to you and it should be obvious where you are going. If you don’t have a signal, or you signal too late, the driver may assume you’re going straight and might pull in front of you.
Always be prepared in the case where other drivers may not give way. Some drivers are confused at these intersections and this cause trouble too.

The roundabout driving especially in Dubai, have different direction sign depends on Two Lanes or Three Lanes. And the rules will slightly vary depends on the number of lanes.

Roundabout on Two lane road

Two Lane road


Go to right: If you want to go to right from the two way r/a, Approach in the right lane and stay in that lane. Signal to right. Leave the right hand lane.

Go to straight: If you wish to proceed straight you can chose either right hand land lane or left hand lane. Important to remember that you have to proceed with the same lane which you chosen to enter. That means if you chose left hand lane to enter you should exit through left hand lane only.

If you want to turn right immediate after exiting roundabout you can choose right hand lane to enter. Otherwise you can use left hand lane.

No signal required on approach. Signal right once you passed the first ext.

Go to left: If you want to take left or u-turn always take left hand lane

Signal left on approach. Signal right once you passed second exit. Check vehicle on right when you decided to exit. Also follow the correct lane when exit.


Roundabout on Three lane road


Three lane road


Go to right: You can follow same procedure for two lane road, Approach in the right lane and stay in that lane. Signal to right. Leave the right hand lane.

Go to straight: If you wish to proceed straight you can chose either right hand lane or center lane. Important to remember that you have to proceed with the same lane which you chosen to enter. That means if you chose center lane to enter you should exit through left hand lane only.

Same as two lane roar, If you want to turn right immediate after exiting roundabout you can choose right hand lane to enter. Otherwise you can use center lane.

No signal required on approach. Signal right once you passed the first ext.

Go to left: Same as two lane road If you want to take left or u-turn always take left hand lane

Signal left on approach. Signal right once you passed second exit. Check vehicle on right when you decided to exit. Also follow the correct lane when exit.

Note: Don't forget to signal right once you pass the second exit because you have to cross two lanes to exit and vehicle will be there on the right. They will be knowing you are exiting the roundabout only by knowing your signal. If unknowingly vehicle coming on right you should not exit instead you should take a round and rady to exit.



What is in the exam

  • Drive through the roundabout
  • Correct use of signals
  • Proper scanning of road and other vehicles and road users.
  • Usage of proper lane while approaching roundabout and exiting roundabout
  • Yielding(Giving way) to other vehicles

Conclusion

As this is one of the mandatory subject in the RTA exam in Dubai you should do well to get your license. Good luck to you.

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