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Do you know what these traffic signs mean?

What the f*** is that sign? Don’t tell me you never said that because I won’t believe you. As time flies over your drivers’ license, it blanks out some traffic rules know-how and it’s fine if you understand that from time to time you must refresh your memory. Because there are some traffic signs, for instance, that you don’t see too often. But when you run into them, it would be cool if you’d know what they mean.

The Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals (multilateral treaty designed to increase road safety and aid international road traffic by standardizing the signing system for road traffic in use international) defines eight categories of signs:

  • Danger warning signs;
  • Priority signs;
  • Prohibitory or restrictive signs;
  • Mandatory signs;
  • Special regulation signs;
  • Information, facilities, or service signs;
  • Direction, position, or indication signs;
  • Additional panels.

But not all countries have the same traffic signs. If you plan a road trip or you want to rent a car in another country you should do some research regarding the traffic signs you might find there.  If you are from let’s say, UK, and you want to rent a car in Japan, you should know that this sign means you have to STOP.


Here you can find details regarding the traffic signs depending on the country and some cool history facts. Did you know that the Romans erected stone columns throughout their empire giving the distance to Rome?!

Below you can find 10 traffic signs that probably make you ask yourself the F question. You’re welcome.

End of controlled parking zone










Controlled Parking Zone or CPZ is a specific type of UK parking restriction that may be applied to a group of roads within the zone. The intended purpose of a CPZ is to reduce the clutter that can arise from erecting several signs that would otherwise convey the same information, such as a common time restriction sign adjacent to all the single yellow lines in the zone. A sign indicating the start of a CPZ typically states that there are parking, loading, weight or other restrictions between certain hours of operation.

Minimum speed limit sign


The minimum speed limit signs are used in most countries to set the minimum speed at which road vehicles may legally travel on particular stretches of road.

Cool facts about speed:

The first maximum speed limit was the 10 mph (16 km/h) limit introduced in the United Kingdom in 1861. The highest posted speed limit in the world is 140 km/h, which applies to some motorways in Poland and Bulgaria similarly. However, some roads have no speed limit for certain classes of vehicles. Best known are Germany’s Autobahns where automobile drivers have no mandated maximum speed. Measurements from the German state of Brandenburg in 2006 showed average speeds of 142 km/h on a 6-lane section of autobahn in free-flowing conditions. Rural roads on the Isle of Man and the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Telangana, also lack speed limits.

Road narrows on both sides


There is not much to explain here….the road narrows 🙂

T-junction with priority over vehicles from the right


T junction (or T intersection)  is a type of road intersection with three arms but one of the arms is generally a minor road connecting to a larger road. Some T junctions are controlled by traffic lights, but others rely upon drivers to obey right-of-way rules.

Divided road ends


This sign informs drivers that the divided road is ending and that it will be returning to its touching parallel design.

Dangerous uncontrolled intersection ahead


This is not a priority sign, but a warning sign. It is only used at intersections where priority to the right applies.

Priority to the right is a right-of-way system, in which the driver of a vehicle is required to give way to vehicles approaching from the right at intersections. The system is stipulated in Article 18.4.a of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic for countries where traffic keeps to the right and applies to all intersections where it is not overridden by priority signs (uncontrolled intersections), including side roads and roundabouts (but not paths or earth-tracks).

Vehicles may pass either side to reach the same destination


Which way to choose, which way… 😀

Opening or swing bridge ahead


swing bridge is a movable bridge that has as its primary structural support a vertical locating pin and support ring, usually at or near to its center of gravity, about which the turning span can then pivot horizontally as shown in the animated illustration below. Small swing bridges as found over canals may be pivoted only at one end, opening as would a gate, but require a substantial underground structure to support the pivot.


In its closed position, a swing bridge carrying a road or railway over a river or canal, for example, allows traffic to cross. When a water vessel needs to pass the bridge, road traffic is stopped (usually by traffic signals and barriers), and then motors rotate the bridge horizontally about its pivot point. The typical swing bridge will rotate approximately 90 degrees, or one-quarter turn; however, a bridge which intersects the navigation channel at an oblique angle may be built to rotate only 45 degrees, or one-eighth turn, in order to clear the channel.

Risk of grounding


At some level crossings, where the road rises to cross the rails, tramway level crossing or hump-backed bridge, there can be a danger that long road vehicles may ground on the crossing, due to the relative levels of the approaches and the tracks.

Two-way traffic crosses a one-way road


This is a warning sign, used to raise awareness.
This sign indicates that the current one-way road will hit a two-way road ahead, and vehicles can turn left or right to join the road and travel in either direction.

So, now you know what to do when you see these signs:) Good luck!

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