Road Signs

Road signs fall into 3 categories. Circular signs give orders, triangular signs warn us of potential hazards and rectangular signs give us information.

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Click on the sections below to see examples of the road signs and have a go at our exercise to test your knowledge.

Order Signs
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Mandatory signs are usually circular with a blue background. These signs tell you what you MUST do.

Mini Roundabout Mini-Roundabout cycle lane Path is shared between Cyclists and Pedestrians
Road Signs Turn right only keep-left Keep left
Road Signs Keep left or keep right when road splits Road Signs Ahead only

red-circle

Prohibitory signs are usually circular with a white background and a red border. These signs tell you what you MUST NOT do.

Examples:

Road Signs 30 mph maximum speed limit Road Signs No entry
Road Signs No left turn Road Signs No U turn
Road Signs No overtaking Road Signs No access to motor vehicles
Road Signs Height restriction Road Signs Oncoming priority
Road Signs No stopping Road Signs No cyclists

Exceptions:

In bad weather some road signs may become obscured and so the 2 most important road signs, Give Way and Stop, are different in shape so that whatever the weather and from whichever direction you are travelling in you will know what sign you have ahead of you.

Road Signs

Give Way Signs are downward facing triangular shaped signs. Give Way Signs show you that the road you are entering has priority over you. Sometimes the junction will not have the Give Way Sign but show only the road markings which accompany the sign. These are double broken lines across the road. Junctions without the actual sign are typically less busy than those with the sign. At a Give Way Sign you MUST give way to traffic already on the major road and make sure that when you do enter the major road that you do so without causing other vehicles to slow down, stop, swerve or swear!

Road Signs

Stop Signs are octagonal in shape with white lettering on a white background. They tend to be at junctions where vision is restricted. You MUST stop even if you can see that the road is clear and you MUST wait behind the solid white line until you can enter the major road without causing other vehicles to slow down, stop, swerve or swear!

Warning Signs

Warning Signs

Warning Signs

Warning Signs are triangular in shape with a white background and red border. They warn you of hazards ahead.

Examples:

Warning Signs Junction on right Warning Signs Crossroads ahead
Warning Signs Roadworks ahead Warning Signs Traffic lights ahead
Warning Signs Pedestrian crossing ahead Warning Signs Warning cyclist
Warning Signs Road narrows on left Warning Signs Dual carriageway becomes single carriageway
Warning Signs Road bends to right Warning Signs Double bended road to left
Warning Signs Roundabout ahead Warning Signs Two way road
Warning Signs Road has 15% gradient Warning Signs Slippery road ahead
Information signs

informationInformation signs help you find your way to a particular place of interest. The colours of the signs vary depending on the type of road.

Examples:

Motorway signs:

These are blue with white text:

Information signs Information signs Information signs

Primary and Other Route Signs

Primary Route signs are green with white text and Other Route signs tend to be white with black text:

Primary and Other Route Signs Primary and Other Route Signs Primary and Other Route Signs

Tourist attraction signs

Tourist Attraction signs are brown with white text:

Tourist attraction signs Tourist attraction signs Tourist attraction signs
Exercise

Below we have a basic road layout, with the road signs missing. Simply drag the road sign into the blue boxes on the road layout, where you think they should go. Not all signs will be used, but no road sign is used more than once. When you have finished, click Submit to see how you did. Any correct answers will have a green box around them and any incorrect answers wil have a red box.

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