Big, multi-lane roundabouts?

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Getting really stuck on which lanes to be in on big multi-lane roundabouts. Is there a general rule anyone can give me? I know to stay left lane to go left and generally left lane for 2nd exit, but from 3rd exit onwards is it usually right lane? Does the 12 o'clock rule apply, so if the 3rd exit is before 12 o'clock do you stay left? Thanks!
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There is no general rule. Almost always, there is a large sign and road markings advising you which lane to take. It still doesn't stop most newbies to the layout from getting confused though. I still go wrong at a roundabout near where I live and I have only been using it for 7 years!
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(Original post by studentusername_)
Getting really stuck on which lanes to be in on big multi-lane roundabouts. Is there a general rule anyone can give me? I know to stay left lane to go left and generally left lane for 2nd exit, but from 3rd exit onwards is it usually right lane? Does the 12 o'clock rule apply, so if the 3rd exit is before 12 o'clock do you stay left? Thanks!
Sometimes what helps me is if I stay in a right hand lane until I see the exit before I need to take (I. E 3rd exit if I'm taking the 4th). At that point I indicate left to get in one of the lanes going towards the next exit. I think that can work in alot of scenarios but I still struggle with some
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Generally the bigger ones will have specific markings and instructions. (if not, i'll generally use the 12 o'clock thing as a guide, while still keeping my eyes open)

i got a right fright in a lesson when i realised the lanes on a big roundabout spiraled into literally nothing, if you tried going right the way round you'd likely die...

Remember, in every council there is a total jackass who thinks they are a road guru and wants a pet project. *looks at Cambridge, witheringly*
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If the roundabout is spiral you may find this easier, but nearly all roundabouts have signs and markings on the lanes to tell you which lane to be in. Local knowledge definitely helps
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There is always a sign and marking telling you what lane to be in for what exit. If its last exit, signs will point to far right lane, you need to then move in after each exit you pass unless someone is being a tool and hogs the wrong lane out of laziness.
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