What You Should Know About Road Traffic Signs
The term “Road Traffic Signs” is used to refer to those signs that help to communicate to a road user regarding locations, directions, accessories, and other vital information that could be of use to the road user.
Road Traffic Signs are mostly used by vehicle drivers for identification, location, and direction purposes. It also helps to reveal things hidden from the road to the road users such as hospitals, restaurants, etc, located away from the visible areas of road users.
The List of Top 13 Basic Road Traffic Signs
The following are the informatory signs on the roads that need more orientation for the road users;
- PUBLIC TELEPHONE BOOT SIGN
This is a road sign that is used to indicate to travelers and pedestrians any nearby public telephone, where an individual can make calls in the case of emergency or for any need.
Most places can have these public telephones located at petroleum filling stations, restaurants, hospitals, and other public places. It can be found both in the urban areas and rural areas of any developed country.
The good thing about these public telephones is that some of them cost little for a particular call while can offer the calls free of charge depending on the country and the support from the installer. Most community services by some organizations include the provision of public telephone booths.
- PETROL PUMP SIGN
The petrol pump sign is the sign used to indicate to the road users that the filling station is located at a particular place or in the place where the sign is shown. It is a popular sign that most people see along the road without knowing what the sign is all about.
The major reason for the sign to the road users is for any event of fuel shortage in the mobile device use in their transportation which could be either vehicle, motorcycle, or tricycle. Such that any situation like that the filling station sign will notify them where to go and get the mobile device re-fueled.
- HOSPITAL SIGN
The next hospital sign is used to indicate to the road users that a particular hospital is located in a place, even though the hospital may not be along the road, it could be adjacent to the road.
Hence, such a sign makes anyone passing by the road which could be either motorists or pedestrians to take note of the hospital and can easily run there or bring someone there in the event of any emergency.
- FIRST AID POST
The first aid post sign is indicating to the road users where they can go and obtain early treatment in the case of an emergency such as an accident. The treatment will be in the form of first aid before the casualty could be taken to a nearby hospital for proper treatment.
Most countries have this kind of place along their major expressway for quick response to road accident casualties.
In Nigeria, the federal road safety corps use to station at different locations on the major roads with their first aid box for quick response to any road accidents.
The Red Cross is another body known for carrying the first aid box to any location for an emergency situation.
- EATING PLACE
This is a sign used to indicate to the road users about any eating place such as restaurants and eating joints within the road or along the road.
It serves as a means of helping the travelers on the way who might be hungry due to long-distance travel. The sign is essential, especially on the expressways where the availability of food joints may be scarce.
- LIGHT REFRESHMENT
Light refreshment sign indicates to the road users about any place they can go and take little refreshment such taking drinks, a cup of coffee or tea and snacks, etc. that can be located within the area or along the road.
- RESTING PLACE
Resting place sign is simply a sign that indicates a place that travelers or road users could go and have a good rest, it could a hotel, motel, or public building.
Such a sign will serve as a way of suggestion to the travelers who might have run out of time or might have had an incident of car breakdown along the road, hence suggesting to them the next place to go and either pass a night or take a good rest.
It can also serve as a sign for a place to wait for someone while traveling.
- THOROUGH ROAD
It is a sign that is used to inform road users that they are coming to the end of the road they are on, hence the next junction will take them either in the right direction or in the left direction.
- THOROUGH SIDE ROAD
It is a sign in used to inform road users on a particular on the existence of another road adjacent to the one they are moving on. It is a necessary sign that can help the road users to avoid unexpected accidents due to the collision of moving vehicles from the adjacent road.
- PARK THIS SIDE
It is a simple sign that points to the direction of a particular location that any mobile machine is required to pack.
- PARKING LOT SCOOTER AND MOTORCYCLE
This is a sign that indicates the parking space is meant for motorcycles and scooters. It can be seen in many places where the need to separate mobile machines is required.
- PACKING LOT CYCLE
This is a sign that indicates to any mobile device that a particular space is meant for packing, therefore the individual can packet any mobile machine such motorcycle, tricycle, and car.
The sign is very important for cloudy places such as church premises, mosques premises, reception centers for social events, etc.
- PACKING LOT CARS
This is a road sign that can be used to indicate to car drivers the space available for packing their cars. They are mostly found in public places such as hotels, supermarkets, public markets, hospitals, etc. which helps the driver to know the place to park the car.
As stated earlier, these road traffic signs are used to guide road users along routes, inform them about destination and distance, identify points of geographical and historical interest and provide other information that will make road travel easier, safe, and pleasant.
Nevertheless, more of these road traffic signs may be added here later. However, use the comment section to give us feedback regarding this post.
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