FEWER than half the drivers in Gympie know or follow the road rules on roundabouts.

The Gympie Times this week took to Gympie's oldest roundabout - the Fiveways - to see how many motorists followed the road rules and indicated correctly on and off "Ronnie's Ring".

The results were not good.

In 10 minutes of filming on Monday about 3pm, 43 cars went through the roundabout and took the Mellor St exit.

Twenty of those cars indicated correctly as they left the roundabout; 23 failed to indicate at all.

In 10 minutes of filming the following day at the same time, 49 cars went through the roundabout.

Twenty-four cars indicated correctly as they exited into Mellor St, leaving 25 that did not.

Only vehicles exiting on to Mellor St were targeted as it was too difficult to accurately observe vehicles taking the Lawrence St, Calton Hill and Caledonian Hill exits.

Failing to indicate properly, approaching too fast and not giving way are the biggest dangers at roundabouts, Gympie District Driving School trainer Melinda Yarrow said.

"The biggest misconception is people think that you have to give way to your right on a roundabout," she said.

"It's not that at all. You have to give way to ALL traffic on a roundabout."

"Another big problem is people go too fast. If people are going slow enough they can stop safely.

"Scan and plan - that's what I tell my students. See what everybody else is doing and plan from there."

Ms Yarrow, who has been a driving instructor since 2007, said Gympie's three busiest roundabouts where most infractions occurred were at the Fiveways, near Memorial Pool or the (totem pole) roundabout.

She said failing to indicate correctly on roundabouts was the most common mistake made by Gympie drivers.

Fast facts

Did you know?

  •  It is compulsory to indicate coming off a roundabout, even if you are going straight ahead.
  •  You must give way to ALL vehicles already on the roundabout.
  •  If you are taking the second exit ("straight through") do not indicate as you enter the roundabout but you MUST indicate as you exit.
  •  Check out the link to a full and comprehensive outline of the road rules that apply to roundabouts in Queensland.
  •  At a multi-lane roundabout, if you are turning left you need to be in the left lan; if you are turning right you need to be in the right lane
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