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Roundabout way to easy driving

ROUND AND ROUND WE GO: Learner driver Lea Sefton learnt the rules of the new Valley View Drive roundaboutin Biloela during a driving lesson last week.
ROUND AND ROUND WE GO: Learner driver Lea Sefton learnt the rules of the new Valley View Drive roundaboutin Biloela during a driving lesson last week.

LEA Sefton is understandably nervous.

She had her second driving lesson just last week.

The 16-year-old learner driver said she was nervous as she learned to drive a car.

The year 12 Biloela State High school student had her first time through a roundabout, the new Valley View Drive roundabout just outside the town on the road to Gladstone, during the lesson with Bilo Driving School.

Driving instructor Yvette Steinscherer said it could be difficult to teach students the rules of roundabouts.

With the new four-entry single-lane roundabout recently completed, a rules refresher may be in order.

“Look at the roundabout as if it were a clock face,” Yvette said.

“Every time you enter the roundabout you are placed at 6 o'clock.

A driver intending to leave the roundabout before 9 o'clock, must indicate to the left before entering the roundabout, and keep indicating left until he has exited the roundabout.

If he intends leaving at 12 o'clock, this is considered going straight through the roundabout.

No indication is required while approaching the roundabout or when entering the roundabout but the driver must indicate his intention to exit the roundabout with the left indicator about halfway between 9 and 12 o'clock.

If you intend to leave the roundabout after 12 o'clock this is considered a right turn and indication must be to the right before entering the roundabout.

Again, indicate to the left before exiting halfway between 12 and 3.

More detailed information on roundabouts and all other road rules can be obtained from Queensland Transports website www.transport.qld.gov.au.


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