Riding a bike can be exhilarating, but it also carries with it some challenges, particularly when it comes to navigating road junctions. Roundabouts, according to the figures, are one of the most dangerous types of road junction for bikers. Often motorbike accident claims involving a roundabout and another vehicle will end with the biker coming off worse.If you have been involved in an accident at a roundabout in the past, or you feel you could do with some help when navigating roundabouts, then there are some steps you can take to make your riding experience safer. When planning your route around the roundabout, try to keep the time you are leaning over on your bike as short as possible. Straighter routes mean you have to spend less time on the roundabout and allow you to take the shortest route from your entry point to your chosen exit. However it is important to take into consideration the traffic levels, as heavy traffic might mean you have to take a more circuitous route.
On your approach to the roundabout, position your bike based on the exit you intend to take. So if you are going to take an exit to the right hand side of the roundabout, you should move near to the centre of the road as you approach the roundabout. Similarly, if you are taking a left hand exit, keep to the left hand side of the road as you approach.
Of course, there are many more tips for safer biking, including more information on motorbike roundabout accidents available at our dedicated motorbike claims website. To find out what to do if you have had an accident whilst out on your bike, visit Motorbike Accident Law.
Author: Neil Worrall