Why Are Road Signs Important?

Introduction:

Road accidents in Australia are improving but are still alarming. Australia is ranked 15th out of 31 OECD countries for deaths per 100,000 population. Even at a global level, road mishaps are getting increasingly common. And more cars on the roads means more accidents.

In such a grim scenario, Europe is doing surprisingly well, with the lowest fatality rate in road accidents, thanks to the European Road Safety Charter.

Along with other factors, proper placements of vital road signs is essential for preventing accidents.

Keep reading, to learn more about the importance of road signs and different types of road sings available.

What are the road signs?

No one is a stranger to traffic signs. Driver or not, everyone must have witnessed a traffic sign while they are on their commute. Traffic signs or road signs are a way to communicate and guide drivers, pedestrians, motorists and cyclist about the condition of the road ahead. They inform about traffic flow, speed-sensitive areas like construction zones or schools or sharp turnings, and more to the drivers. All signs, be it a road traffic sign construction sign, or parking lot signs, convey a very clear message.

They are two critical factors of a good traffic sign:

1)  They are prominent and can command attention. Basically, something drivers can’t miss or tune out.

2)  They are placed in a manner that gives drivers enough time to take the necessary action.

All traffic signs, road signs etc. use consistent shape, colours and symbols so that even a driver form different state can easily understand the message trying to be conveyed.

Why are road signs important?

The primary function of the road sign is to convey the driver about the condition of the road. A driver, especially someone new to the area won’t instinctively know about what lies ahead. That person needs to be informed well beforehand if the roads are merging into one, or if there is a sharp turn ahead, or if the condition of the road is not suitable for speed, or if there is a construction in place or a school nearby – a driver can accordingly control his/her car.

Road sings prevent mishaps and accidents. Following road signs maintains safety and decorum on the road. This is also why road signs need to be prominent so that drivers don’t tune out or miss the sign and should be placed strategically so that they have enough time to follow the command.

What are the different types of Road signs?

Traffic signs come in a variety of shapes and colours, and each conveys a specific command. The colours and shapes are standardized and follow the national guidelines.

There are three main categories of road signs in Australia.

1)  Regulatory signs.

Regulatory signs relate to the rules that road users must conform. Failing to do so can result in licenses being cancelled, fines, or receiving demerit points. Signs like speed limit, no parking signs, one way, transit lanes, no entry etc. fall into regulator signs.

2)  Warning signs.

Warning signs are there to warn you of an upcoming hazard requiring caution. When facing a warning sign, the message is clear, that is to take precautions. Sings as permanent warning sings about a tricky bend, closed lanes, T- intersection, land closed warnings, temporary warning signs like flooded roads or fallen tree etc. fall under this category.

3)  Information signs.

These are there to update you of relevant information on your journey. They are direction signs, how many miles to your destination signs etc. fall under this.

Conclusion.

Sings can be made in various materials; our solar powered led signs will make sure the sign is prominent and visible from a distance and even at night.

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