Driver’s Ed 101: Get to Know Your Road Signs!

road signsIn addition to mastering the control and feel of a car, learner drivers also need to learn a brand new lingo – the lingo of pavement markings and road signs. If you, or someone you know, are preparing to take a driver’s license exam, it’s vital to understand the ABCs of road language.

A: All Way, Merge, One Way, Yield

Knowing right of way is particularly useful when driving in rural and residential areas where intersections aren’t controlled, meaning there are no traffic lights. Drivers have to rely on each other’s knowledge of the rules to decide who has the right of way at a 4-way stop. When driving on a highway or a high traffic area, knowing pavement markings and road signs for yielding and merging is crucial.

B: Broken, Single, Double & Solid Lines

A line isn’t just a line when driving. A solid single line is something different from a broken single line. And a double line is entirely something else. Understand these markings, and you’ll know when you are free to pass and when you can venture into a center lane.

C: Color

In addition to what’s visually displayed on road signs, color also has great significance. You might know that green means go and red means stop, but there’s a lot more to the rainbow of traffic signs. For instance, blue indicates motorist guidance or services, orange is for construction signs, and brown is for public recreation.

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