No matter whether you’re studying for your theory test or have been driving for a number of years, knowing what road signs mean is crucial to be a good driver. And yet road signs are still confusing for many drivers in the UK.
To help drivers keep safe on the road, we’ve rounded up some key takeaways that’ll help you keep sign savvy on the road.
So, what are the different types of road signs on UK roads?
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The three basic types of road sign
In the UK, there are three basic types of road sign.
1. Signs that give mandatory instructions
These signs are usually circular in shape and give drivers important instructions which they are required to follow by law. For example, they may give speed limit information or highlight any one-way streets. If you don’t follow these, you may DVLA face fines.
2. Warning signs
These signs are usually triangular in shape and give warning to road users about upcoming hazards. For example, they may be warning about steep inclines, slippery surfaces, wildlife, falling rocks or otherwise.
In fact, warning and other road signs such as these can also be temporarily installed in or around building sites to warn road users of the work being carried out, and slow machinery turning.
3. Signs that give information
These signs are usually rectangular and give information to road users. This could be directions, information about common sights or warnings about upcoming roundabouts. They may even detail some parking regulations or how to find famous landmarks.
There are also signs that crossover categories and that mean different things – so it’s essential that you learn and refresh your knowledge of road signs!
What to do if you get a DVLA fine?
Usually, you’ll know if you’ve been fined because you’ll receive a letter in the post detailing your fine, why you’ve been fined and what the next steps are. FPN (fixed penalty notices) range from £50 to £300 depending on the offence committed. For example, using a mobile phone behind the wheel comes with a penalty of £200!
If you receive a speeding fine, you’ll usually have the option to attend a speed awareness course if it’s your first time speeding. Otherwise, you may get a fine and points on your license. Fines are calculated in bands depending on how much the speed limit was exceeded.
You may also receive a parking charge notice if you don’t take care to read the road signs outlining parking restrictions. Unlike speeding tickets, these can be disputed as they are often issued by private parking firms.
The bottom line is that whilst many road users in the UK aren’t necessarily clued up on all the different types of road sign – they should be. As many of these penalties come with heavy fines and consequences, it helps to brush up on the highway code to make sure you don’t get caught out.