How to Identify the Meaning of Each Road Sign & Symbol

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How to Identify the Meaning of Each Road Sign & Symbol
Road signs are used to communicate with drivers. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Road signs provide in route information and warnings to drivers. These signs use symbols, shapes and colours to convey messages about speed limits, construction areas and hazardous road conditions, among other things. Drivers are required to know many of these signs when they take the written test for their learner's permit. It is very important for every driver to be able to recognise the meaning of road signs. There are several methods by which you can learn to identify their meaning.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. They will provide you with reading material that identifies road signs and their meanings.

  2. 2

    Sign up for a driver's education course. These are set up by schools and private organisations. Contact your local DMV to find a course near you.

  3. 3

    Visit the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration link in the Resources section. They have an exhaustive list of roadway signs. View these in your Internet browser, or follow the links to download and print a PDF version of your own.

Tips and warnings

  • There are many online tests to help determine your road sign knowledge.

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