Driving isn’t just about keeping your car on the road, it’s also about reading the signs. Literally! Traffic direction signs alert drivers to road conditions, hazards, and rules of conduct. We all learn about some of the most important signs in driving school when we are training to get our permits, but that might have been years ago. It’s always a good idea to do a quick refresher of the most common road signs every few years so you don’t miss important information on the road.
Sometimes a road might veer or narrow and drivers need to know where their lane will continue. In these situations, you’ll notice a keep right sign, which is an arrow on the right of an obstacle. Other times, such as when you enter or exit a highway or interstate, road signs will alert you that your lane is about to join another with a merge sign. This sign usually has two lines merging into one large arrow.
When you’re traveling on a road with a boulevard, you might find yourself needing to U-turn to reach your destination. If you see a sign with a crossed-out U in a red circle, that means it is illegal to do so at that intersection.
Animal crossing signs are common on highways and in rural areas to alert drivers to the possibility of large animals on the roads. One of the most popular is deer crossing signs, which typically have a picture of a deer on them and “X-ing” on the bottom. Pedestrian crossing signs are also common in cities to warn drivers that they are approaching a crosswalk and need to yield to people who may be crossing the street. These signs usually have a picture of a stick person walking.
Understanding and following road signs can help to create a safe driving environment for everyone.