Have got my test in just over a month and i am looking for some guidance.
Today i done a roundabout that had 3 lanes, one for left, one for straight ahead and one for right. I took the 2nd exit and the middle lane upon entrance. The 2nd exit was positioned at about 10 oclock and the first exit at about 8. However up until today i have been under the impression "straight on" means the 12'0clock exit , logically straight ahead. What i am looking for is a definition of when to use the middle
lane, is it anything after the first left and before you go past 12oclock?
Im confused, as suggested by the poor quality of explanation here Haha
Will reword if you want.
Thanks in advance
Most major three lane roundabouts will have arrows to help you get in the correct lane. Most of the time the middle lane is used for going straight on only. There is one near me that requires the middle lane for the slow lane on a dual carriage way turning right fourth exit. Most of the time though, the left lane may also be used for going straight over.
You have already said that the lane direction arrows tell you to approach in the middle lane to go ahead. The definition of ahead is a very loose one and there is a lot of flexibility in where a road "ahead" is deemed to be depending on the roundabout. Don't worry too much about "clock" references that people post on here.
The best clue will be in the large direction sign on approach. A photo of this will be helpful. Failing that, tell us the exact location of the roundabout and Google will help us to help you.
Think i have a better understanding of it now. I was just confused by the fact i was in the "straight on" lane but the exit wasnt actually straight on, but like you say there is a lot of flexibility with the term "straight on".
I think if i follow road markings or if none the general principle of 1st exit left, 2nd exit straight on and 3rd or any other right then i should be okay.