The Daily Telegraph
sir – Kevin Platt (Letters, August 14) rightly states that the purpose of roundabouts is to keep traffic moving. However, his assertion that “if you’re on one, you have right of way” is a dangerous myth that is the cause of misunderstandings, stress, collisions, injuries and deaths.
As a former advanced and highperformance driving instructor, I know that the Highway Code is and has always been clear.
As an overriding principle applying to all road users (including cyclists) it states: “The rules in the Highway Code do not give you the right of way in any circumstance, but they advise you when you should give way to others. Always give way if it can help to avoid an incident.”
This principle applies everywhere, not only on roundabouts. You may have priority that another road user should allow you by giving way, but if they fail to you are required to give way to them “to avoid an incident”.
Failure to give way will place at least equal responsibility upon you if you make a confrontational choice resulting in an incident.
Haywards Heath, West Sussex