What These Common Road Signs Mean
Settling into a routine is great. There’s little thought involved, you can relax, and everything is easy. Turn the keys, shift to drive, push the gas pedal, and turn the steering wheel. The mundane act of driving is just that, mundane, but that doesn’t mean you should go completely numb when you get behind the wheel. There are many things that you need to pay attention to when driving to make sure you and other drivers stay safe. One key factor to consider is road signs. These important informational items are often ignored and disregarding their advice/rules could prove highly hazardous.
At Toyota of Clermont, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most important road signs and what they mean.
Essential Road Signs and What They Mean
1) Stop Sign
The stop sign is likely the most common and easily recognized Clermont road signs out there. Just like the word “STOP” suggests, a stop sign directs drivers to come to a full and complete stop. You can find these eye-catchingly red octagons on low traffic roadways, intersections, and construction zones.
2) Keep Left or Right Sign
While it looks a bit funny, the keep left or right sign is also self explanatory. Drivers who see this sign (usually accompanied with wording) must merge to the left or right to avoid an oncoming obstacle like a median or partition in the road.
3) Men at Work
If you’ve ever been driving on I4 you’ll know this sign. Men at work signs designate construction zones and warn drivers that there are workers present on site and to exercise caution. These signs are also usually coupled with adjusted speed limit and warning signs. Pay close attention and be careful when you see this Clermont road sign.
4) Yield Sign
You’ve likely seen this sign when traveling on a highway on and off ramp. Yield signs inform drivers in certain lanes to allow another lane of traffic to travel first before continuing. Yield signs, illustrated by a double red and white triangle, can usually be found on merging traffic lanes, highway on ramps, and other places where traffic converges.
5) Speed Limit
You may think that speed limits are more what you’d call guidelines than actual rules (Captain Barbossa where you at?), but these signs are displayed so prominently for a reason. They’re determined by structural engineers who deem the safest maximum speed for traveling on a particular roadway. They can change pretty frequently so pay attention when you pass these Clermont Toyota road signs.
6) Wildlife Warnings
You’ll likely spot these road signs on rural roadways. Wildlife warning signs can be distinguished by their large yellow triangle shape and accompanying animal silhouette (usually a deer, rodent, or duck in the U.S.). This road sign warns that a high amount of wildlife frequents the area and to exercise caution to avoid a collision.
7) No U Turn
If you think speed limit signs are “guidelines” then you might also ignore no U turn signs. Just like the name suggests, do NOT make a U turn when you see this sign. Other traffic lanes might have the right of way or you might be in an area where the road isn’t wide enough to support a U turn. These Clermont road signs are usually found in left turn lanes and stop lights or median zones.
Do you still have questions about road signs? Give Toyota of Clermont a call today at (352) 404 7000 today!