What's with the French on roundabouts

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  1. Dorwyn

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    Some go onto a roundabout indicating right, and go all the way round still indicating right. So if you are waiting because they have priority, you think they are going off the roundabout. No, they're not, they're staying on, so if you pull out ....
    And then, some roundabouts are still priorité a droite, or some drive as if they still are no matter what the signs say. So the effect on traffic flow is ridiculous, jams on low traffic roundabouts because many are so cautious cos they've no idea what the procedure is - they haven't really got used to them yet.
    When I first drove on the Continent, there were hardly any, now they stick them in just to slow the traffic. It's like Swindon magnified! But with daffy drivers.
    By the way, I'm not frog bashing - I really like them. Most of the time.
     
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  2. Geordies

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    French roundabouts are easy, just wait till all roads are clear to each horizon then go for it at top speed.
     
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    Sorry never noticed a problem, am I doing it wrong.

    I thought indicators were optional use, here included.

    Martin
     
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  4. Dorwyn

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    Better to do nowt than misleadingly indicate.
     
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    Spanish do the same right round the outside until they reach their turn off . I read an article in a Spanish/English paper last winter about this and it was stated that the roundabout should be treated as an extension to the road made half sense as i was not sure how you got off the roundabout if you were in the fast lane and therefor on the inside of the roundabout , could be going round for ever
     
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    You found a French registered car that has working indicators? I thought they and reverse gear were removed at point of sale.
     
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    I have noticed when I was trying to take say 3rd exit I would go to inside then signal off right but the French try to sneek up the right hand side so now I drive round the outside seems to work better.
     
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    You think French roundabouts are bad here in Spain it's worse.......
    Spanish drivers will always drive in the outside lane of a roundabout, no matter which exit they want. They never ever follow the guide line below

    roundabout.jpg
     
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    The one "notable" roundabout in France is Place D'Etoille Charles de Gaulle, i.e. Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This one gives priority to those joining the "roundabout" and also has 12 (yes 12) exits. When I used to do a Paris tour I always took great delight, much to the dismay of my passengers, in accelerating into the maelstrom and then going round a couple of times! Of course, it then made it interesting trying to get off at the correct exit! Happy days!

    Most French drivers don't really know what to make of roundabouts and thus tend to do their own thing.
     
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  10. Dorwyn

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    The one thing you can say about at a roundabout is that at some point you have to turn off, so indicating that you are going to turnoff is superfluous until the turnoff point.
    I do recall driving around the arc de triomphe in the same way as TerryL, used to love it. Also the one in Rome, but that was long ago. But now I avoid city centres if poss.
     
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    Nothing wrong with French drivers its their country not ours just drive like a local s'easy. :whistle::whistle::)
    Rather drive anywhere in France than the M25 or M6.
     
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    I certainly agree with that.
     
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    There are just as many prats on roundabouts in the UK as there are in France …......



     
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    Me too!!!
     
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    I noticed last year in both France and Spain that in particular the HGV's stay in the outside lane all the way around the round-a-bout until their exit appears so I thought it best to adopt the same principal. In the UK if you did that you would be honked and flashed at :mad:...but it didn't happen to me once so I'm guessing it's OK (y).
     
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    I make up my French roundabout technique as I go along.

    It seems to work for them :D

    Keep em guessing I say :LOL::LOL:
     
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    They are truly awful on roundabouts, but its still easier than UK.

    Just last week one of them drew up on my left hand side and turned right - in front of me???
     
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    French drivers show courtesy and respect for cyclists, but none for fellow drivers and even less for pedestrians. Maybe if you plonk a big "I love Bernard Hinault," sticker on the back, they will stop and let you on or off the roundabout. But for God's sake don't mention Lance Armstrong......
     
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    I've started to do their trick on roundabouts when going straight across. Left indicator as you approach the roundabout then right indicator as you approach the exit. I've seen quite a few doing this and I can see the logic. It shows someone waiting at the first exit you are not turning of there. I should emphasise I am still in France. Not sure how this would go down in the UK!
     
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    Not very well I imagine, as you'd be going the wrong way round!
     
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