Florida – Signs Signals And Markings
In the United States roadway signs signals and markings increasingly use symbols rather than words to convey and easily recognizable message.
Symbols provide instantaneous communication with drivers, overcome language barriers, and are becoming the standard for most traffic control devices throughout the world. Knowing these signs and having familiarity with the symbols on traffic signs is important for every driver in order to maintain the safety and efficiency on the roads.
Signs – Shapes & Colors:
The color of roadway signs is an important indicator of the information they contain.
• The use of red on signs is limited to stop, yield, and prohibition signs
• A white background indicates a regulatory sign
• yellow conveys a general warning message
• green shows permitted traffic movements or directional guidance
• fluorescent yellow/green indicates pedestrian crossings and school zones
• orange is used for warning and guidance in roadway work zones
• blue indicates road user services, tourist information, and evacuation routes
• brown is for guidance to sites of public recreation or cultural interest
Sign shapes can also alert drivers to the type of information displayed on a sign.
• Traffic regulations are conveyed in signs that are rectangular with the longer direction vertical or square.
• Additional regulatory signs are octagons for stop and inverted triangles for yield.
• Diamond-shaped signs signify warnings.
• Rectangular signs with the longer direction horizontal provide guidance information.
• Pentagons indicate school zones.
• A circular sign warns of a railroad crossing.
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