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So how do you use a roundabout?

by Reedz on December 8, 2010

 

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A recent letter to BT:

Dear editor,

I am writing to you with concern on the growing misuse of the three-lane round-about in Kiulap.

There has been many complaints over the years but the problem seems to be getting worse, especially during peak hours.

I have seen a lot of drivers cut from the inner and outer lanes into the middle one without consideration just to avoid a longer queue.

This is very dangerous and I personally have witnessed a few close calls which not only slowed down the traffic, everyone had to stop to avoid the cars hitting each other, but also led to cursing and vulgar gestures which is a very bad example for the younger people sitting in the cars.

I plead to the relevant authorities to please take action.

Drivers have to be able to follow simple safety rules and regulations or they do not deserve their licence at all.

Another option could be to introduce the use of traffic lights such as that of the Berakas/Muara round-about which has been very helpful in maintaining the traffic flow. It has proven itself to be effective and I think it is time we introduce traffic lights to the Kiulap round-about as well.

Worried motorist

A comment from one of my readers:

marx-x: pls help ur reader on road safety awareness by posting some road safety tips, eg how to use Kiulap round abt or driving on left lane for SLOW cars, use right lane when OVERTAKING only thanks

So how do you use a roundabout?

Well marx-x, I’m not so sure we should be overtaking at the roundabout in the first place. I think people should really slow down at roundabouts 🙂

This is my buddy DC’s comprehensive guide to using roundabouts:

The traffic directions on the roundabout we have here are wrong. Well, they are not as they are suppose to be. Actually, use of the roundabout is pretty simple. Use these simple rules:

  1. Cars on the left lane must leave the roundabout on the first exit.
  2. Cars on the middle lane must leave the roundabout on the 2nd exit keeping on the middle lane of the roundabout until they reach their exit point.
  3. Cars on the third lane exit on all other lanes.

So, if you were going from Kiulap to RIPAS, keep left, follow the outer most lane and exit immediately on the first exit.

If you were going to Beribi, take the middle lane, enter the round about on the middle lane and exit via the second exit staying on the second lane. Do not cut into the first lane of that exit because that lane is for those coming in from RIPAS to exit to Beribi.

If you want to from Kiulap to Gadong or the Airport, then take the third lane (right lane) and enter the inner roundabout lane. Keep on that lane until you pass the Beribi turn-off, move into that middle lane and turn off into the Gadong-Mall turn-off.

If you want to go Airport, then keep in the middle lane until you pass the Gadong-Mall turn-off (where the cars to your left in the middle lane must exit into the Gadong-Mall turn-off), then signal and move into the middle lane and then out into the Airport exit (right lane).

These roundabouts are meant to provide a smooth traffic system if everyone follows these rules and these are the same rules used in London.

Always remember to give way to cars from your right and signal whenever you change lanes.

PS.. never ever enter the left lane and cut across to an inner lane. A lot of people here do this especially during traffic jams.

Also, if you miss your exit because someone didnt turn off when they should’ve, just remain calm, continue signalling right and make another round on the inner lane of the round about and try the exit again. Hot tempers and impatience at roundabouts are almost always the causes of accidents and usually end up with even more delays.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Hazwan December 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

With regards to the three lane roundabout at Gadong, what if the authorities put cones, small curbs or those vertical orange and white rubber barriers along the continuous lines in between the left lane and the middle lane at the exits of the roundabout? Drivers aren't supposed to drive across the continuous lines in the first place anyway but do so because the option of doing so is easily possible. What if the option of doing so isn't possible?

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Carol December 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm

It's not only Kiulap Roundabout. Many drivers are so used to using the outer lane in the 2-lanes roundabouts (Manggis, Sg. Akar etc) to make one whole round, bypassing 2-3 exits.

To see cars cut in front of each other; inner lane exiting when there is a car in the outer lane, sometimes barely metres from each other, ALL THE TIME, is like watching some stunt movies 🙂 except this is real life.

The troubling thing is, I have seen drivers of training cars do the same thing. So how then?

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Daniel Giovanni December 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Hazwan…not a bad idea…but ugh i really hate it when people do that…so inconsiderate…the continuous line is supposed to be there for a reason…even in the rule book says you cannot cross a continuous line…but do they ever listen? no…cos they are impatient bad drivers…even worse…they take the left lane and go around the roundabout staying on the left lane until they take the 3rd or 4th exit…its just plain ignorant of them…i usually take the right lane but it's frustrating when cars in the middle lane drive so close behind or beside me and ignores my signal light to the left so i could take the middle lane to go into the 3rd or 4th exit…sometimes i had to circle another time…it's just plain ignorant and almost arrogant that people don't take the Kiulap roundabout rules seriously…and they call themselves drivers…

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Suze December 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I'd like to add my two cents to this issue as i've had near-accident experiences with roundabouts particularly around the Beribi/Mata-Mata area. It's amazing how drivers cut across from one lane to the other without any sign/indication without a care in the world, let alone the driver/s on the first lane! And they even have the bloody cheek to gesture at you for our supposed wrong-doing!?!

I think the key word here is educating. It's not enough that the authorities slap on some how-to/dummies' guide on tv which hardly anybody watches anyway..and even if they do, they should introduce a more user-friendly guide which our people can relate to instead of showing arrows and whatnots.

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