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THE roundabout is a means of slowing traffic down at a major intersection without using traffic lights and thus saving delays as well as avoiding collisions if the rules are followed by all.

If when entering the roundabout the vehicle is in the right-hand (outside) lane it should stay there until it reaches the desired exit.

Other drivers must exercise extreme caution for that is what is taught in the Spanish driving schools.

A driver can change lanes but must signal that he/she is changing lanes as if on a straight road but not do so until the lane that is to be entered is free and it is safe to do so.

Any collision will be the fault of the lane changer.

If you are in the outside lane, you have right of way until you exit the roundabout at any exit unless another driver wishes to move into your lane in front of you without causing a problem,

e.g. Cutting in, and any other driver in the inside, LH7middle lane who wishes to exit by crossing the outside lane must give way to vehicles in that lane even if he/she has to drive around the roundabout again while they move into the outside lane.

This is what all Spanish drivers are taught in the driving schools because that is the law in Spain strange as it may seem.  Another “beware” is that if a heavy vehicle that cannot traverse the roundabout without using two lanes, all other traffic must give way.  It is the courteous thing to do as well.

While on the subject, all traffic wishing to enter the roundabout must give way to all traffic on it already but we all know that don’t we as there are Give-Way signs at the entrances on most roundabouts.

One of the distressing actions that occur are where drivers are approaching the roundabouts, usually at “high speed” (boy racers?) despite the speed limit signs for 40 kph on the approaches, and they expect any driver who has entered from the right and who is already on the roundabout to slow/stop and give way, the speeders must  must be regarded as ignorant, dangerous drivers.

By your knowing the law, if one hits you, take all accident details and take photos showing skid marks etc. (plus any witnesses?) so that you can avoid losing your insurance No Claims and the offending driver can be charged and fined by you.

Call the police if necessary (Tel. 092 – local police, or 112).

It is vital to know all the laws in Spain as they affect you so that you can drive safely and know that if you do drive accordingly, then you are in the right after a collision and some of the motoring laws here are different to the other places.

Knowing the laws has saved my NCB here a few years ago and `possibly life, where after a collision the Guardia Civil was called to the scene by the other driver although no one was hurt, and they refused to carry out an inspection of the accident site where the other drivers’ skid marks and distance proved beyond doubt that her speeding (through a busy intersection) was totally at fault

The other driver, was pretty señora.  But my report with supporting evidence, photos and speed/skidding facts was sufficient to convince my insurance company to ensure that I kept my 30 years plus of NCB and consequent low premiums.

The GC were perhaps diverted by the pretty señora?

Who knows but they did not do their job well that day.

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