Theory test

You intend to follow the red arrow. Which area should you check particularly carefully before you exit the roundabout?

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The most important thing to be aware of is the cyclist seen on the right at the start of the video.

It is also important to pay attention to the wording of the question. You are asked which area you should check “particularly carefully”. This means that it is good to check all the areas, but that there is one area that you should check “particularly carefully” in this situation.

Run-through of the alternative answers:

  • A – To the left and behind me (side mirror and blind spot).
    – Wrong. There is nothing that can reasonably happen behind you to the left when you exit the roundabout. If, against all expectation, something should happen (e.g. somebody overtakes you on the left-hand side), that danger will be avoided by you exiting the roundabout.

  • B – The area obscured by the car ahead.
    – Wrong. Earlier in the video, you will have seen that there is no hazard there, and that area will soon be visible again. This means that you would have time to react in the event that any hazard does arise there (e.g. a pedestrian).

  • C – To the right and behind me (side mirror and blind spot).
    – Correct. At the start of the video, you can see a cyclist who is approaching the roundabout. If you do not check the area behind you and to your right, you could collide with the cyclist. Note also that there is a cycle lane on the roundabout, which means that you must be certain that you do not cause a hazard or obstruction to the cyclist when you exit the roundabout.

But is it not important to check to the left because of my obligation to give way?
– Yes, but this applies before you enter the roundabout. When the video ends, you are already on the roundabout, and the question concerns what you should do when you exit the roundabout. Note also that option A says “to the left and behind me”; if the question concerned the obligation to give way before the roundabout, it would have said “to the left and in front of me”.

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