One of the UK's well known car servicing and repair specialists has uncovered a very surprising fact. One in five road signs are a complete mystery to a large percentage of average drivers. It also uncovered the fact that 79% of people may know what the various road signs mean, but 2 in 5 are so confused by it all that it's leading to some very serious problems on the roads of the UK.
Common mistakes due to the misinterpreting of road signs It may not seem like such a problem but not understanding various road signs can be a very serious problem. Some of the most common mistakes made by those who are misinterpreting road side signage are breaking the speed limit, sudden braking and being forced to slow down thereby leading to a build up of traffic.
Understanding all the road signs you encounter when driving on UK roads is vital for the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers. And it's not something you can forget about as soon as you've passed your test. Knowledge of road signs is vital for all drivers. Whether you regularly travel long distances or just pop to the shops a couple of times a week.
UK road signs – the basics There's a wide selection of road signs you'll encounter around the UK. However, they tend to fall into one of several categories, making it much simpler for drivers to recognise them quickly. The first indicator of a signs function will be the shape:
Signs that give orders – circles Signs that give a warning – triangles Signs providing information – rectangles
Further guidance as to the function of a sign will be its colour:
Blue circles – this are usually giving a mandatory instruction. For example, turn left or turn right. Or they can be used to indicate a route that is only to be used by certain vehicles, such as a bus or cycle lane. Red rings or circles – these are usually telling you what you mustn't do, for example, you must not exceed 40 mph. Blue rectangles – used for information, except when on a motorway when they are used for direction signs. Green rectangles – used to indicate direction on primary roads. White – this colour sign is used on non-primary roads and indicate direction. You may also see them used in combination with warning and regulatory signs.
Hopefully, this short blog will have cleared up some of the confusion. If you're at all unsure about UK road signs we suggest you brush up on your knowledge. Maybe even take a test or two to check you understand them. Setting out on a journey when you don't understand a number of the signs is very reckless.