The Daily Telegraph

Roundabout rules

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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.

Adrian Barrett

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

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