Kent Gate Way
The Kent Gate Way is a long 40mph road that used to be known locally as 'the mad mile'.
Look out for the 40mph signs at the start of the road that are sometimes hidden by trees (especially during the summer). If the conditions allow and it's safe then get your speed up to 40mph.
Approaching an unusual roundabout
The first roundabout (Addington) that you will approach after the Kent Gate Way will be a little unusual. Iin order to follow the road ahead (2nd exit) you will need to use the right-hand lane on approach. This is because the left-hand lane will be for turning left only (as indicated by the markings on the road).
We were following the road ahead here, so we needed the right-hand lane.
Exiting this roundabout is continued below...
Exiting the unusual roundabout
When you exit this roundabout (2nd exit) you will notice some solid white lines on the left. You'll have to avoid these as it helps vehicles from the exit on the left drive onto the roundabout to turn left without stopping.
This means that you'll have to exit in the right hand and then after the solid lines have finished, use your mirrors, signal and blind spot check to change lanes back to the left.
Look out for the traffic light controlled tram crossing.
You're still on a 40mph road and approaching another roundabout...
Next roundabout before Gravel Hill.
At the next roundabout we are turning right, 2nd exit.
To do this we will need the middle lane of three. The left-hand lane will only be for following the road ahead (1st exit).
Make sure that you keep in lane as you drive around the roundabout.
You will then drive up Gravel Hill, which is still a 40mph speed limit and a two-lane road. Make sure that you keep in the left-hand lane unless overtaking.
Be careful of traffic lights and potential stopped buses at bus stops.
Speed limit changes to 30mph near the top of the hill.
We were turning right at the roundabout (towards Shirley) at the top of the hill, so we had to change lanes to the right and look out for the traffic light controlled roundabout.