Signal confusion: roundabouts

IN response to the editorial in the September 29 edition headlined “Online info to be a better driver”, if the road rules followed any sort of logic at all then, perhaps, it would be easier to obey them.

For example, the diameter of a typical roundabout is 12 metres (some are even smaller). To differentiate between a left-turn signal and a straight-on signal in such a small roundabout without ambiguity is not possible.

The idea of signalling to exit derives from large roundabouts with multi roads converging where it is possible to give meaningful signals of the intention to exit.

At a crossroads with a small roundabout, logic tells us that on approach a left-turn signal should be given when turning left, a right-turn signal should be given when turning right and no signal should be required when going straight through.

Anything other than this is just plain stupidity.

Since I spend much time on the roads as a pedestrian, it is amazing to witness the utter confusion drivers face when trying to signal at roundabouts. They are nonplussed by the impossibility of giving meaningful signals that are also legal.

Incidentally, if you are turning right with the right flicker blinking you have less than two seconds to change from right to left flicker to indicate the intention to exit – what legal rubbish.

Of course, the logic may be that if you know that the driver in front cannot possibly give a distinct signal then allow for anything and hence be safe whatever happens.

That is what we pedestrians do to stay alive.

TOM EDMANDS, Gosnells.