“The Ute and a station wagon were actually racing between traffic. I just happened to look in my rear view mirror and see the Ute crash into a car towing a large trailer whilst trying to get in front hence the damage to the Ute. They then decided to do a runner so I made sure I got as much as I could on my dash cam for the police and the trailer owners insurance.”
We often receive videos like this where the Dash Cam driver incriminates themselves with their own footage, showing there is still a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to roundabout rules in Australia among drivers.
In Australia you must give way to any vehicle already on a roundabout, Many drivers tend to believe the rule is “give way to your right” which is incorrect and will find you on the wrong side of an insurance claim.
The correct method is:
Approaching a roundabout: Vehicles entering a roundabout must give way to any vehicle already in the roundabout.
Giving way at a roundabout: The driver must slow down and if necessary, stop to avoid a collision.
Meaning if the other vehicle crosses the line to enter first you must give way to them, so be sure to approach any roundabout with caution and be ready to stop.