Traffic / Road signs

The different shapes and what the mean.

There are three different shaped traffic signs and the each tell us something different

Traffic sign shapes

 

TRIANGLE SIGNS – Warnings.

All Triangular signs are RED – and the are WARNING signs.

For example

Traffic sign - Warning Traffic lights Warning – Traffic lights

Traffic sign - Warning RoundaboutWarning – Roundabout

Traffic sign - Warning Crossroads Warning – Crossroads (Priority indicated by the thickness of the lines)

 

CIRCULAR SIGNS – Giving orders.

Red Circles or Rings tell you what you MUST NOT do.

For example.

Traffic signs - No motorvehicles No Motor vehicles – you MUST NOT enter road if in/on a Motorized Vehicle).

Traffic sign - No OvertakingNo Overtaking – you MUST NOT overtake on this stretch of road. (The same sign with a line through signifies the restriction has finished) .

Traffic signs - No Entry No Entry – you MUST NOT enter the road from this side.

 

 

Blue Circles are usually mean something you MUST do

For example.

Traffic sign - Keep left Keep left – you MUST keep Left.

Traffic sign - Minimum speed Minimum speed 30 – you MUST travel at at least 30mph (if it is safe to do so).

Traffic sign RoundaboutRoundabout – you MUST travel Clockwise around the roundabout.

 

 

RECTANGULAR SIGNS – Information.

 

Blue rectangular signs are used for giving Information. (except on Motorways when they are for giving directions).

For example.

Traffic sign - Information One way Arrow pointing up – One Way Only

Traffic sign - Low bridge aheadThis advises a Low bridge ahead, it includes a Red Ring (Must Not) sign. Your vehicle MUST NOT be taller than the maximum height

Traffic sign - Bus lane with hours of operation This shows the start of a Bus/Cycle lane and also it’s hours of operation.

Motorway examples

Motorway sigm  Motorway – The Motorway starts here

Traffic sign - Information Directions Motorway Motorway exit sign giving directions

 

Green rectangular signs are used for directions on Primary (Main) Routes.

Traffic sign - Information Directions Primary route

 

White rectangular signs are used for directions on Secondary Routes.

Traffic sign - Information Directions Secondary route

 

STOP AND GIVEWAY.

 

Traffic sign - Give way

Give way, and the corresponding road markings – You must give way to traffic on the road you are about to join, but if clear you may continue on with out stopping.

Traffic sign - Stop sign

STOP! Your vehicle MUST come to a COMPLETE STOP at the junction. You must also give way to the traffic on the road you are about to join.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT SIGNS.

Traffic sign - NSL National speed limit applies – 60mph  (or 70mph on Motorways and Dual carriageways)

Traffic sign - Others No Stopping No Stopping – Not even to drop some off.

Traffic sign - Others No waiting No waiting – You can drop someone off, but must not wait. (This one is also in a white information box that shows it’s hours of operation.

 

 

 


Know your traffic signs bookFor a more detailed look at Traffic signs get a copy of Know Your Traffic Signs from the DVSA – Safe driving for life shop

 

 

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