I see vehicles being driven incorrectly on the ring road every time I use it. There are rules about using the ring road that every driver should be following. From what I am seeing daily, I am sure some drivers are completely unaware what the rules are or have not worked it out from all the information given to them. This adds to confusion, congestion and the potential for accidents.
Here are my top 5 tips for safely dealing with one of Coventry’s business parts of the road network.
2) The correct lane of travel is the RIGHT hand lane: On the ring road gangway signs clearly state that if you do not require the next exit off you keep in the right hand lane for ALL other traffic. This gives plenty of time and room for traffic to enter onto the ring road in the left hand lane without you obstructing their path.
3) Change lanes to exit at the right time: The earliest opportunity to move over to the left lane to exit is just after the gangway sign indicates. This keeps you safely away from traffic entering and exiting as you pass the exit before the one you want. NB: Make sure you check your mirrors and blind spots before any lane change.
5) Move over for aggressive tailgaters: If you see one of these in your rear view mirror do the safest thing. Signal and move over to the left lane when safe, let them by and then back to the right hand lane after they pass. Keep cool. Let the local constabulary catch them at some other time. Better to avoid problems by ignoring aggressive drivers rather than escalate things by stubbornly remaining in the right hand lane forcing them to undertake. This would put yourself, your passengers and vehicles on the road at risk.
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