Different road signs and symbols pass different information to a driver, how well do you know these signs? Some drivers flag these rules not because they want to, but because they are ignorant of the information it passes, but as you know, ignorance is not an excuse.
Every motorists and even pedestrians is expected to have an understanding of what these signs mean. They communicate specific messages to motorists and pedestrians. Recognizing traffic signs and knowing their meanings can help drivers make safe driving decisions faster and more easily. Road signs have three basic categories – regulatory, warning, and guide signs. They can also be sorted by color and shape.
It is possible that you’ve seen hundreds of traffic signs but may not be aware what those colors and shapes mean to the average driver, and why disregarding the standards could jeopardize traffic safety.
What then are these signs and their meanings?
With the rate of accidents, road projects and car breakdown on the roads, the need for warning Given becomes important. This helps other road users to limit speed as they approach such areas. Warning signs include turn and curve warnings, intersection signs, merge and lane transition warnings, bridge clearances, divided highway warnings, hill warnings, and pedestrian crossing notices among others. Almost every warning sign is symbol-based, with little to no text.
As one drives, guide signs are the holy grail of navigation. It helps motorists navigate interstate highways without taking their eyes off the road. It’s true that GPS navigation can help, but fumbling with your phone while approaching a confluence of two or three highways can be dangerous. These guide signs come in forms of diagrammatic guide signs, roadway junction signs, destination distance signs, and mile makers.
OTHER SYMBOLS TO WATCH OUT FOR INCLUDES;
The “STOP” Sign
These are one of the most seen traffic signs, Both the shape and color are important to how a stop sign is recognized and understood. No other sign is of an octagon shape, and no other sign is red in color. This is done because of the importance a stop sign has on traffic safety. It is used to alert drivers of intersections and other areas where traffic may be traveling in opposite or crossing directions.
The “Speed Limit” Sign
Speed limit signs are designed to communicate a set legal maximum or minimum speed that vehicles must travel. Speed limit signs can vary in the limit depending on the specific state that you are driving though.
Many highways have speed limits set at 55 miles per hour, but this can be changed by the state and will vary. Other common limits on highways are 45 miles per hour and 65 miles per hour. Drivers are not to exceed the limit that the sign designates.
The “Men At Work” Sign
This is a temporary warning sign used to alert drivers of upcoming road work. The color for this sign is Orange, this is because it is one of the most visible colors to the human eye, and can be noticed above other traffic signs on the road.
Men at work signs are generally accompanied by other temporary warning signs, such as “road work ahead” signs and “detour” signs.
The “No Overtaking Sign”
This sign is mostly placed on two-way narrow roads or roads that are too risky for vehicles to attempt to overtake vehicles ahead of them. They are also placed at bends, dips in the road or where there are trees.
The “Bumps Ahead” Sign
This sign is used to warn motorists that there is a bump ahead or an uneven road surface on the road. This warning informs motorists to reduce their speeds at certain points.
The “No Parking” Sign
This sign is used to inform road users that parking activities should not be done on that space.
It is important for road users to adhere strictly to all traffic , this is important for their safety and that of other road users.
Writer :Oghenvwede B. Elohor
Published: May 28, 2020
Photo Credit: Carmart