When you start driving, there are so many things to think about & focus on—it can become a bit overwhelming. If you know some of the common road signs and what they mean, it can ease your mind. Here’s a list of some road signs we think you should know:
*As you read through the article, refer down to our infographic to see examples of what these road signs typically look like!
1. Slippery When Wet
Paying attention to current road conditions is crucial for safe driving. But some parts of the road may stay wet for longer or might not be as safe for driving on if it is not completely dry. Look out for this sign, and slow down when approaching these areas. You don’t want to end up hydroplaning or swerving off the road.
2. Merging Traffic
These signs warn you that two lanes will be merging into one, and how far away it will occur. Make sure you are aware of the merging, and leave enough space for other cars to fit in. Also beware of the different speeds people are traveling at, and look out for others who may have missed the sign!
3. Keep Right/Left Symbol
Due to road work or certain terrain issues, roads may have to be narrowed, or blockers may have to be placed to direct traffic. If you see this sign, follow the direction of the arrow, as something will soon get in your way if you do not pay attention.
4. School Zone
This sign looks different from many others, and for good reason. It indicates that there is a school zone ahead, so during school hours you must reduce your speed to 25. Regardless, when you encounter these signs, beware of any children that may have run out onto the road without noticing passing cars. Also pay attention to cars stopping or slowing down near the premises during pick-up and drop-off hours.
5. Traffic Signal Ahead
Many times, a freeway will slowly taper out into a street, or you will find yourself on a long highway with a higher speed limit. Although you should naturally slow down and keep an eye out for any signals approaching, these road signs help you prepare early. If you see this sign, look out for cars ahead that seem to be stopping or slowing down, as they have probably encountered a red light.
6. Deer Crossing
While deer crossing signs are the most common, this general idea applies for other animals as well, including horses. When approaching these signs, it is common for animals to enter roadways and block driver’s paths. In order to keep yourself and the animals out of harm’s way, slow down and pay extra attention to your surroundings.
Of course, this list is not exhaustive, but if you want a more detailed list with lots of examples and explanations of different road sign classifications, visit this link! And to ease your stress, check out this article that explains what each color & shape means for road signs, depending on their category & urgency!
Make sure to always drive carefully and keep your attention on the road at all times!