Public Announcement: How to use indicators on a roundabout

I’m trying to help people here, whether you have been taught incorrectly or you have just picked up a bad habit, this is the right way to use indicators on a roundabout:

Excerpt from Highway Code UK

Rule 186

Signals and position. When taking the first exit to the left, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise

  • signal left and approach in the left-hand lane
  • keep to the left on the roundabout and continue signalling left to leave.

When taking an exit to the right or going full circle, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise

  • signal right and approach in the right-hand lane
  • keep to the right on the roundabout until you need to change lanes to exit the roundabout
  • signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want.

When taking any intermediate exit, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise

  • select the appropriate lane on approach to and on the roundabout
  • you should not normally need to signal on approach
  • stay in this lane until you need to alter course to exit the roundabout
  • signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want.

When there are more than three lanes at the entrance to a roundabout, use the most appropriate lane on approach and through it.

So this means:

If you are turning left at the roundabout, you use your left indicator.

If going right or all the way round the round about, you use your right indicator until you get passed the exit before the one you are taking, then signal left.

If you are going straight you do not need to indicate until you just before you exit and you use your left indicator, you do not need to signal right for going straight on – This is really confusing for other drivers, although you should indicate prior to exiting the roundabout.

Where I live, as I near the main road, there is a roundabout and about 50% of the people indicate right even although they are going straight on and there is only one lane of traffic. I’m not sure where this has come from, but the extract above is from the Highway Code and as drivers we should all know it.

Thank you for your time!

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