I agree with the writer, who penned the letter, ‘In support of mandatory assessment for elderly drivers’, published in the Bulletin on May 26, regarding the use of roundabouts. However, I would like to expand further by saying that the lack of knowledge on the navigation of roundabouts isn’t restricted to the elderly; there are more than a handful of people who have a hard time grasping the basic rules of a roundabout.
This is especially true when it comes to the proper use of inner versus outer lanes, with some choosing which lane to go on based on the traffic situation.
I’ve had friends who got into an accident as a result of the other driver trying to take an exit while driving on the inner lane.
If you miss your exit because you haven’t enough time to switch to the outer lane first, the only safe thing to do is to go another round and try again. Forcing your way out is not only rude but it endangers other drivers on the roundabout.
Then, there are roundabouts with traffic lights, such as those near Kiulap and Brunei International Airport. I have lost count of how many times I’ve witnessed drivers running the red right only to wait in the yellow box junctions, which is not only reckless but it causes traffic congestion.
Roundabouts are there to ensure smoother traffic flow; but only if everyone abides by the basic rules and regulations.