The Highway Code is the theoretical part of driving. It is a code that is learned by all motorists when passing the driver’s license, common to all and whose purpose is to control the road. This code nevertheless constitutes a large number of signs to know and rules to respect. In this article, we will focus on learning the meaning of traffic control signs.
Panel shapes and colors
Road signs are based on a set of traffic signs and/or pedestrians. These panels have different shapes that characterize them. Some panels are round, square or rectangular, and finally triangular.
According to this form, the panels are different:
- A triangular shaped panel is a danger sign.
- A round panel is a sign of prohibition or obligation.
- A square or rectangular panel is an indication or direction sign.
Holding these three types of panels will allow you to instantly recognize the nature of the message it brings.
These panels are also complemented by very distinct colors to qualify the nature of the message:
- A triangular panel with a white background bordered with red is a danger sign.
- A round panel with a white background bordered with red is a prohibition sign.
- A round panel with a blue background bordered with white is a sign of obligation.
The yellow signals indicate a temporary message according to its form. The end of obligation signals are identical to the standard signals, but there is a diagonal bar marking the cancellation of this obligation.
Symbols and signs
The symbols displayed on the danger signs, for example, complete the content of the danger message:
If we cross a danger sign with a tram as a symbol, the logic is that we understand almost automatically, that there is a proximity of a rail vehicle associated with the traffic of vehicles and that it risks to cross this roadway on an unprotected passage (otherwise the danger would not exist). This principle of understanding applies to all forms of panels.
The signs complete the information of the panel. The identification signs (exit, direction) are the only ones to be placed above a panel. When two panels are installed on an identical support, the sign applies to the panel located above. In the case where several panels are placed strictly above a sign, it applies to the panels above
These signs are very important because they generally indicate a range or distance remaining before a hazard, obligation/prohibition or position of a development. Directional, category, identification, derogation or prescription signs are found. Learning to gain in ease lies in understanding these basics of signaling.