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Great Outdoors Month – Regulatory Signs In National Parks As A Conservation Effort

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National Park Service updates to signs help provide enjoyment, safety & environmental conservation

June is Great Outdoors Month

It’s June, and ever since 2013, that means it’s Great Outdoors Month. President Obama proclaimed it, and governors from all 50 states followed suit with their own Great Outdoors Month proclamations outlining the beauty of their states’ scenic sites and National Parks, as well as efforts to be made in conservation and environmental stewardship.

While it wasn’t specifically spelled out in the president’s Great Outdoors Month proclamation, it can be assumed that the replacement and maintenance of the signs along the more-than 14,000 miles of trails, and the regulatory signs along the 8,000 miles of roads by the NPS will figure into any conservation plans.

According to an order put forth by former NPS director Frances Mainella, the NPS oversees 800,000 signs along its roadways and trails. In correspondence between then-Director Mainella and J. Richard Capka from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2006, there was an agreement that all regulatory signs along motor routes would be brought up to an updated standard by the NPS by December 31, 2015.

Brief history of signs in the National Parks

According to a chapter on signs in an NPS manual, early Native American trailblazers would tie branches down to the tree trunk as a means of marking trails for those who followed. French fur trappers created “lop trees” along their trade routes. In essence, signs have always been used as a means for finding one’s way in the wilderness.

The NPS was founded in 1916, and by 1920 it had its first set of guidelines for park signage. These guidelines have been updated several times; in 1940, 1972 and 1988. It was in 1988 that the standards for regulatory signs and other signage along motorways were first addressed. This modernized the roads through the National Parks – in a way – but there were still special considerations to be made about the messages posted along NPS motorways.

Regulatory signs on roads in the National Parks

According to the NPS sign manual from 1988, the roads of the National Parks are overseen by the NPS, as is the placement and maintenance of signs along roads and trails. This includes the placement and maintenance of regulatory signs, such as stop signs, and other signs designed to manage traffic flow and driver instructions.

According to the 2006 correspondence between the NPS director, and an administrator from the FHWA, the updates to signs are as follows:

  • Colors on National Parks regulatory signs shall be uniform with FHWA regulations.
  • Regulatory sign colors may deviate along the roads in campgrounds, so long as they are submitted to the FHWA for approval under the rules about experimental signs in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
  • Park entrance and facility identification signs have their own separate standard lain out in the UniGuide Sign Standards manual, and are approved by the FHWA so long as they match the UniGuide standards.
  • Regulatory signs maintained by the NPS must meet FHWA sheeting material, and nighttime visibility standards.

While the importance of the visibility and uniformity of regulatory signs along the roads in the National Parks can’t really be debated, the use of any signage must stay consistent with the mission of the NPS, which is to preserve and protect many of our nation’s areas of scenic and cultural significance. Therefore, care must be taken that the use of regulatory signs doesn’t amount to “sign pollution,” as warned in the 1988 NPS sign manual.

The manual points out that the roads maintained by the NPS serve a purpose quite unlike the purpose served by normal roads. According to the manual, “Park roads are for leisurely driving only. If you are in a hurry, you might do well to take another route now, and come back when you have more time,” (p. 4).

Thus, signs shouldn’t direct drivers as though they were commuter routes, nor should they give the impression that they are links between state highway systems. The sole purpose of signs in the National Parks is to enhance the experience of visitors. This includes the use of some regulatory signs, where needed, for the sake of safety and direction.

Regulatory signs are proven methods of managing visitors to National Parks

In the National Parks, visitors are often on their own when it comes to traveling trails and navigating roads. Without signs, the land is up to visitor interpretation. This would put fragile areas at risk, if nothing directed people elsewhere. Wildflowers could be picked to extinction. A study conducted By Buerger, et al. (2001) on regulatory signs for hikers at Zeke’s Island within the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve concluded that such signs are an effective way to manage the way visitors behave along within the park.

However, the report also came to some important conclusions regarding the messages on the signs. Most importantly, if there is any effort required of the sign reader to get the message, such as reading small print, the reader will miss the message. The more important the message, the simpler the sign should read.

Also, visitor interpretation of regulatory signs should be taken into account when putting messages on signs. People interpret the meanings of signs based on a number of things, from their education level, to how much experience they have in the great outdoors. Therefore, whether it’s a regulatory sign on the road, or a trail marker, it’s best to be concise and unambiguous, for the enjoyment and safety of everybody who visits a National Park this Great Outdoors Month, or at any time.

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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How Often Should Advertising Signs be Changed?

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Signs with easily changeable content are a must for businesses seeking to inform potential customers of what they have to offer. However, sometimes this advertising tool is not used to its full potential. If the content of the sign is outdated, it may be misleading and could confuse customers.

According to Tom Dalton, owner of Signs Direct, content should be changed often; either daily for the best results or seasonally if you don’t have enough content to go around. But the frequency with which you change content also depends on the type of business.

“Some businesses have more to say,” Dalton says. “Restaurants should have a constant flow of content. They can advertise daily lunch specials and deals regularly.”

One idea he suggests is to purchase a handful of different signs and rotate them weekly to save money on printing, or leave an area for a dry erase board to write a daily special. Mechanics and other auto service businesses could also have several different signs and rotate them on slow days, advertising offers like – “Free Car Wash With Oil Change.” Bars and venues that host event nights and entertainment can advertise daily drink specials and weekly events like “Karaoke Night” or “Live Music”. Clothing and other retail stores could use different signs for every holiday and seasonal promotion.

Consumers are more likely to read content that is changed with some frequency than a static sign that has been in the same spot with the same graphics for the past 10 years. Dalton says it’s important to refrain from letting your advertising signs become ornamentation and not something that contains current information. They should contain current, useful, actionable information.

Other types of signs, like those used for establishing an identity or signs that are directional, do not need to be changed nearly as often. Examples are things like the logo on a door or a lighted pylon sign out by the street. These can remain the same for a decade or more, Dalton says.

Eventually, these signs should also be updated to give the business a fresh, new look and attract new customers, but not as often as advertising signs. Business owners can reference how often major companies change these types of signs, which is usually in accordance with design trends of the current time and as new technology becomes available.

“If you look up a WalMart logo timeline, you’ll get a sense about how often those high dollar identity signs should be updated,” Dalton says.

Overall, business owners should assure that their signs are fresh and up to date. Content should match the products and offers that are currently available and should reflect the business for which they are advertising.  If the content of your advertising signs rarely changes, customers will catch on and stop reading them which will decrease the advertising sign’s effectiveness as a tool to increase sales.

Signs Direct offers a large variety of signs includingsafety signs, lighted signs, custom signs, sidewalk sign stands, POP sign stands and other sign components. For more information, or to order call 877-706-4601 or email sales@signsdirect.com.

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I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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Are Sidewalk Signs a Cost-effective Form of Advertising?

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From restaurants to coffee shops, sidewalk signs (typically in the form of an A-Frame sign) are most commonly used in urban environments where foot-traffic is heavy. The inexpensive cost, portability, and customization make them the go-to form of advertising in many cases, and an effective way of attracting people to your business.

Cost

When compared to other methods of advertising (such as newspaper), A-Frame signs are extremely cost effective. The average cost of an A-Frame sign is about $150 ($75 for the stand and another $75 for printed sign panels). You can re-use and customize your sign with a variety of messages as needed and display it for as long as needed.

Portability

During business hours, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, bakeries, bars and other storefront retailers who attract pedestrian traffic prefer to use A-Frame signs. Freestanding, A-Frame signs are sturdy, yet easily portable and can be repositioned as needed. They can be taken indoors after business hours and once collapsed, they can be conveniently stored in spare closet space or simply leaned against a wall. The sign sizes range from 18”x24 all the way up to 28 x 44”, but 24” x 36” is by far the most common.

Customization

Whereas a newspaper advertisement and other types of signs display content in a constrained format, A-Frames can be highly customizable to reflect the creative flare of your business. Signs can be used to advertise along the roadside or sidewalk and can be a colorful and artistic way of capturing people’s attention. Options include interchangeable lettering, dry-erase boards, and chalk boards.

Choose what you want people to see on a daily basis. Use them to announce sales, promote daily meal specials, and convey any message your business may wish to present. Best of all, freestanding signs and A-frames have large display areas to ensure that your message will be prominently displayed.

Alternative Uses

Apart from conventional urban use, A-Frame signs are also used within many other settings, including large chain companies like Best Buy and Walgreens. The timeless and recognizable piece can add to the look of any entrance or storefront.

How to order

Signs Direct is a leading manufacturer of signs and offers a large variety of products including parking signs, safety signs, lighted signs, custom signs, and other sign components. For more information, or to order call 877-706-4601 or email sales@signsdirect.com.

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I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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The Power of Hand Drawn Signs Over Digitally Printed Signage

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It’s a cool fall morning with a light breeze blowing about. After wandering the sidewalks and corridors of a quaint downtown, you find yourself at the foot of two storefronts; both coffee shops.

One has a glowing generic “Open” sign and a few digitally printed images of coffee beans that are clearly from some corporate clipart collection. The other shop is similar, but it has a clearly custom made neon open sign and also has a sidewalk sign out front with colorful, hand-written words standing out against a black chalkboard. The homey looking sign highlights the day’s drink specials and leads your eyes to the propped open door and the sound of light chatter. Which shop sounds more inviting to you? Which one seems more “craft” oriented?

People are more inclined to visit certain types of stores when they have sidewalk signs out front. The hand drawn element brings a personal touch to their advertising and serve as a welcoming invitations to pedestrians.

There may be a need to convey time-sensitive information that the merchant cannot include on their main sign. The primary identity sign typically only displays the business name and sometimes a slogan. For example, coffee shops may have a large primary sign with the shop name so it can be identified. Additionally, it may also have an A-frame sign near the entrance for timely messages. The a-frame displays information that cannot be displayed permanently on the primary sign, such as advertising hot cider in the fall. What better way to convey that information than at the point of purchase? Some may choose to display time-sensitive information on a main sign using a programmable LED scrolling message board, but they aren’t appropriate for the mood of quaint coffee shops and are very expensive to own.

How to create great looking sign art

Some options include having an artistic staff member take a few moments in the morning to write the day’s specials with a creative flare. Others can offer more consistent and uniform looking designs, such as making a design on a computer, then using a projector to project the image onto the sign board and tracing the graphics.

Things to avoid when creating sign art

Though it can be artistic, content must be readable at a glance. The main point of the sign is to advertise. If content cannot be read within a few seconds, pedestrians will not stop to figure it out.

To achieve this, use as few words as possible, by utilizing readable letter styles. Make sure there is enough contrast to make letters readable. An artistic approach to signs is important, but conveying your message must come first and foremost.

 

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We are a leading provider of signs and offers a large variety of products including parking signs, safety signs, lighted signs, custom signs, and other sign components. For more information, or to order call 877-706-4601 or email sales@signsdirect.com.

 

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I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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3 Important Insights To Understand About Regulatory Signs

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Regulatory signs are traffic control devices intended to keep everyone safe. They regulate traffic and driver behavior. All levels of government, including the federal, state, and local levels are involved in enforcement. Below are some important insights to understand about this complex field.

Different types exist

According to the Federal Highway Administration, a regulatory sign is “a sign that gives notice to road users of traffic laws or regulations.” Two types of regulatory signs exist. One is for traffic. The other is for non-traffic uses. Traffic signs inform road users about allowable and disallowable behavior. Signs reinforce and/or indicate applicable traffic laws. Examples include parking, traffic direction, speed limits, do not enter, one way, round-a-bout, road closings, no pedestrian crossing, construction areas, railroad crossings, and yield signs.

Non-traffic regulatory signs can be placed in public areas to regulate behavior. Some signs are used by private businesses to regulate acceptable or unacceptable behavior. Federal, state, and local parks can use signs to notify the public about accessible and inaccessible areas. Another example of this sign type would be the no smoking sign placed in areas where smoking is prohibited. A tow-away sign placed in disabled parking areas is another example. Signs regulate public behavior. They serve notice about prohibited actions involving the general public.

They are enforced

All types of regulatory signs are strictly enforced. Enforcement can be done by state, local, or other law enforcement personnel. The level of violation depends upon the individual situation and governmental entity involved. Violators will face some level of punitive damage. This can range from a warning, vehicle towing, to a monetary citation.

Must comply with federal regulations

Regulatory signs must comply with a federal government document known as MUTCO. This document was written by the United States Department of Transportation or DOT, a branch of the Federal Highway Administration. Standing for Manual on Traffic Control Devices, this comprehensive guidance document provides a detailed explanation of every facet involved in the regulatory signs arena. Its intent is to set minimum national standards for ensuring sign uniformity.

The document defines nationwide standards for installing and maintaining all traffic control devices. Traffic signs can be found on bike ways, public streets, highways, private roads and other thorough ways open to the public. This document can be confusing and overwhelming to some. Consulting with a trained sign professional, like those at Signs Direct, can provide additional insight. Safety is its overall mission.

The Manual on Traffic Control Devices can be accessed online through their website. It is available via a free PDF. The document is also found at the state and local DOT offices. Understanding this document and its legalities is imperative for avoiding any punitive damages or enforcement behavior.

Federal regulations mandate sign colors, reflective material requirements, messages, shape, placement, font size, and size. State regulations can alter federal requirements as deemed necessary. Consulting with a trained sign professional will answer all sign composition questions.

Societies rely on regulatory signs for organization, safety, and protection. Learning more from a trained sign professional will save time, money, and frustration.

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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3 Factors To Know About The ADA And Handicap Signs

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The ADA, standing for the American Disabilities Act, dictates all aspects about a handicap sign. This includes all areas ranging from production to final sign placement. Understanding these factors, and implementing them, is crucial to the overall success of any business.

1. ADA history

The ADA was developed in 1990 to assure equal rights for all disabled individuals, no matter what their physical or emotional capability. The law was originally implemented to improve accessibility for the visually-impaired, blind, and mobility-hindered population. The law promotes equal accessibility to all. It discusses in detail all aspects of signage including location, position, type-styles, universal symbols, and material construction.

All entities employing more than 10 people are required to understand, and abide by, ADA federal and state regulations. This includes placing wheel-chair accessible signs by building entrances, designated parking areas, and internal locations. All applicable firms must have clearly marked parking spaces set aside for both van access and handicap users. The law describes how many spots are required, based on the number of employees or traffic.

2. Updated in 2012

New federal ADA guidelines were implemented in March, 2012. These replaced all previous versions. Key areas of change include letter spacing, contrast, stroke width, and mounting height.

According to the new regulations, there must be at least 1/8-inch space between letters. The character height does not matter. The sans serif type-style is usually required for signs.

Contrast requirements are no longer in existence. Contrasts are still used, however, so consulting with a trained sign professional is recommended for optimum results. A non-glare finish must be used for both the background color and lettering. Signs must either have a dark background and light lettering, or a light background with dark-colored content. Professionally manufactured signs, like those done by Signs Direct, use a standard E.G.-reflective coating on an aluminum base.

The allowable font size is determined by the stroke width of an uppercase letter “I”. All letters used on the sign cannot be greater than 15% of the “I” height. Braille tactile characters must meet set guidelines. The ADA requires Braille be used as a dome shape.

The sign’s mounting height is discussed in detail. The actual height required varies according to exterior and interior uses. For instance, an internal sign must now be located in a position where the bottom portion is at least four feet from the floor surface. This improves visibility for the wheel-chair bound individual.

3. Can be state specific

Many state lawmakers have thoroughly researched the ADA guidelines and developed a state-specific set of governing rules and regulations. Companies that fail to comply with state requirements can face punitive damages such as lawsuits and punitive damages. It is important to know whether your state has its own set of ADA regulations. Consulting with a sign professional will provide additional insight.

Signs can be either completely text, partially text, include universal symbols, or be completely graphic. New Jersey, for instance, can use the sign to post applicable penalties. A typical handicapped parking sign can have a heading of Penalty followed by punitive damages for various offenses. The sign finally concludes with viewers being warned of being towed away at the owner’s expense.

The ADA and its requirements can be confusing and overwhelming. Contacting a sign professional will save valuable money, time, and frustration.

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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5 Tips For Designing A Customized No Cell Phone Sign

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Mobile phone usage has become rampant in everyday society. Effectively customizing a no cell phone sign to fit specific needs can improve everyone’s safety level. Below are some tips to take into consideration.

1. Know your viewers

An effective sign will display a message in an easy-to-understand manner. Many companies may find using the universal symbol of a cell phone graphic cross-out with an angled line compatible with viewers. Universal symbols were developed to improve multi-cultural understanding among all languages.

Designing ADA compliant signs will help a firm comply with governmental regulations. ADA, standing for American Disabilities Act, signs fit in perfectly in areas where cell phone usage can hinder others. Reputable sign providers, like Signs Direct, offer over 2500 templates to customize. Companies can design a tactile sign that includes raised elements. Placing a tactile sign in a bathroom or other designated quiet area will serve notice. This is especially true if the phone contains a camera.

Educational institutions, hospitality firms, libraries and research centers will benefit by having customized signs placed throughout facilities. Signs placed on classroom doors will notify others of prohibited cell phone usage. Signs can also notify viewers of quiet zones, prohibition of electronic devices and vibration-only modes.

OSHA, standing for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, focuses on improving workplace safety. Companies can place no cell phone signs throughout their facilities to enhance worker and visitor safety. Sign wording and placement are heavily regulated by OSHA. Consulting with a trained sign professional can improve overall compliance with this complex regulation.

2. Factor in lead time

Customizing any sign involves a time and labor factor. Buyers must consider the time involved between placing an order and receiving the final product. Manufacturers, like Signs Direct, go through an intensive process that includes manually picking the blank sign, setting up the printing machine, and producing the end product. Then, shipping and handling come into play. Workers must securely package the sign, affix appropriate postage, then use the preferred shipping method. Typical lead times range from 3 to 10 days, depending upon the sign manufacturer.

3. Know your purpose

Signs can convey messages ranging from friendly reminders to aggressive warnings. You must understand what you hope to achieve, or your purpose, when customizing your no cell phone sign. Do you want to convey a “shut off” message or a polite “put in silence mode”? Be sure to enhance your sign strategy by making your purpose consistent with your company’s overall personality, goals, and objectives.

4. Know your company style

Signs come in a variety of styles. There is something to suit all needs. It is important to choose a style that fits your company’s personality. Styles include contemporary, classic, deco, antiquity, pacific, Windsor, and traditional. Matching your company style with your sign strategy improves consistency and message impact.

5. Do it online

Reputable sign manufacturers, like Signs Direct, make customizing signs easy and convenient. Many offer online customizing options. Customers simply visit the website, choose a template, then start customizing their sign message. There is no membership joining fees or additional expenses included in this online option. Customization can include company logos, names, and special wording.

Consulting with a trained sign professional can save time, money, and frustration.

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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5 Simple Tips For Buying Parking Signs Online

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Buying parking signs online can be a convenient and enjoyable experience when done correctly. Taking the following simple tips into consideration will assure success.

1. Customer service matters

Reputable sign companies give online visitors a number of customer service options. They will have an About Us page set up. Utilize these contact methods completely to improve your trust, confidence, and knowledge level. Find the one that best suits your lifestyle and needs. Signs Direct, for instance, offers live chat, online forums, toll-free and regular phone numbers, and online forms.

Customer must test a company’s level of customer service. This department is the link between the company and public. A sign company is nothing without a positive and knowledgeable customer service department. It improves confidence, trust, and loyalty levels for all involved. Live chat provides instantaneous communications. Asking important questions and gauging the response is crucial for developing beneficial business relationships.

Find a company that categorizes common customer service questions. This makes the process quicker and easier. Signs Direct, for instance, lets viewers choose between order status,
product questions, custom price quote, return authorization and other concerns. This saves time and frustration. This sign provider also offers online forums. Many potential customers prefer communicating with other real-life customers prior to purchasing any sign. Forums provide the perfect opportunity for this.

Remember that parking signs are a heavily regulated traffic control area. Having your questions answered professionally and knowledgeably helps everyone.

2. Encrypted shopping cart

Online shopping can be scary for many potential customers. Finding a site that takes pride in maintaining a secure and safe shopping experience is crucial for overall success. Make certain the site uses a strong encryption system. Encryption will protect private information such as customer address, payment methods, security codes, and birth dates.

Strong privacy policy
Make certain the site contains a stated privacy policy. Online buying involves collecting very personal information. Privacy policies protect customers. Policies will state what happens to personal information and who owns it. Customers have a right to know what becomes of their information. Only deal with companies that assure data will not be rented or sold to other parties.

3. Provides an information center

Reputable companies will be industry experts. They will take pride in their knowledge-base and eagerly share it with customers. A well-informed customer base can easily convert into a strong referral network. Notice whether a sign company has an information page. Click on this page and any subtopic listed. Learn more about the company, sign industry, and other facts.

4. Provides industry links

Relevant industry links improve overall search engine rankings. Successful online sign companies will have a links page. An informative and relevant links page will improve lead generation, reputation and image.

5. Operates a user-friendly website

Online viewers must receive valuable information in a comfortable and informative manner. This must happen at lightning speeds. Notice whether the company’s website is easy to navigate while visiting. Are you entertained, impressed, and feel comfortable? Does the content appear to be regularly updated and current? Do all links work? Does the site make sharing information easy and convenient? A company’s website provides valuable insight into its level of professionalism.

Buying parking lines online can be confusing. Consulting with a trained sign professional will provide needed assistance.

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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6 Insightful Facts About Parking Signs

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Parking signs are heavily regulated traffic control devices meant to keep everyone safe. They inform drivers of spaces that are available or off-limits for parking. Learning about this topic will help improve your appreciation of this complex topic.

1. Notify of tow away zones

Tow away zones are prohibited traffic areas. No Parking signs can notify drivers that certain spaces are off-limits for any type of vehicle. These signs commonly include a warning that unauthorized vehicles will be towed away at the owner’s expense.

Tow away zone signs are also available with graphics. Universal symbols use graphics to communicate messages without taking language interpretation into consideration. For instance, a tow away zone sign can include only a drawing of a car being towed. No wording is necessary to further understanding.

2. Specific parking areas

Businesses sometimes set aside specific parking spaces for visitors, employees, or other designated individuals. Signs can include a warning that violators will be towed. These signs can be manufactured to have red lettering on a white reflective background.

Customized parking signs can be made with a company’s name, logo, employee name or other important data. Consulting with a trained sign professional, like those at Signs Direct, will provide guidance.

Reserved parking signs are another form of assigned parking notification. They inform others that specific spaces are off-limits. Parking in these spots can result in fines, penalties or other punitive damages.

3. Handicapped parking signs

Every business is legally required to have a certain number of spaces for handicapped parking. Signs are available in graphic form, partial graphic and wording, or all wording. The universal symbol for handicapped is an image of someone in a wheelchair. Most signs will have the universal blue color for a background. Text or graphics will be white. Some signs may have a white reflective background and blue text. White backgrounds usually include the blue graphic centered on the sign.

Signs can state applicable violation fines, van accessible only, permit required, accessible entrance with or without arrows, and/or wheelchair ramp notification. Signs can be manufactured to meet state requirements. Handicapped parking signs can be customized to meet specific customer signage needs.

4. All must comply with zoning laws

Every community has its own zoning laws. Laws specify all components of a sign. Topics covered include placement, material composition, lettering size, font type, and size. Consulting with a trained sign professional will assure any sign purchased is in compliance with applicable zoning laws.

5. No parking with the exception for vehicle groups

Sometimes only certain types of vehicles are allowed to park in designated spaces. Vehicle specification signs have white reflective backgrounds and red or black text. Typical allowable parking signs include bus only, emergency vehicles only, motorcycle, and compact car. These signs do not include the wording “no parking”.

Vehicle specification signs can be purchased or manufactured, with the wording “no parking” followed by allowable vehicles. The choice is up to the individual buyer.

6. Time restrictions

Parking spots may be available only during specified hours. No Parking signs with time exceptions are available for this purpose.

The topic of parking signs is a complex, heavily regulated subject. Consulting with a trained sign professional can be the key to success.

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I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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9 Facts About Corrugated Plastic Signs

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Corrugated plastic signs are the perfect advertising medium for promoting a company’s message. All marketing strategy programs must include at least one of these signs. Below are some facts to understand about this priceless promotional tool.

1. Versatility reigns

These signs are the perfect foundation for a variety of messages. A firm can buy one sign and use it for multiple purposes. The versatility of this sign is limited only by the user’s imagination and creativity.

2. They can be a sidewalk swinger

Sidewalk swinger signs serve a number of purposes. It can range from exposure on a busy intersection to directing traffic in a quaint walkable community. They make perfect political advertisements, special announcement tools and/or commercial offering platforms.

3. Durability is a factor

Plastic is a very durable material. It will not chip, bend, break or collapse as easily as other materials.

4. They are budget friendly

Plastic corrugated signs extend budgetary dollars. They come in all price ranges. They are multi-use, durable, versatile and visually pleasant marketing tools. One sign can serve many purposes. It all depends upon the user needs.

5. Can be customized

Sign messages can be changed as the user sees fit. Dry erase markers or lettering choices provide the perfect tools to satisfy company messaging needs. Custom plastic signs can be changed to reflect daily menu items, one-day only sales and/or special speaker announcements.

6. Are weather resistant

Many signs, like chalkboards, do not stand up other inclement weather conditions. Plastic sign panels are different. Plastic lettering will stand up in drizzle, rain, or any type of moisture. This makes them ideal for those rainy, overcast days when outdoor advertising is needed. Firms do not need clear skies and zero moisture to use these beneficial signs.

Plastic withstands regular temperatures remarkably well. It provides the perfect messaging foundation for a variety of materials. This includes chemical solvents, oils, and water. This weather resistant component extends the sign’s versatility, useful life, and economy.

7. Are environmentally friendly

Everyone realizes the importance of optimizing available natural resources and minimizing damaging components. Landfill wastage has increased at an alarming global rate. Wastage can easily impair air, water, and soil quality. It is important to realize that these plastic signs are usually made of polypropylene. This material can be recycled.

Plastic is a lightweight material. It takes less energy and fuel to transport this material than other consumables. This helps the environment.

8. Can match a company’s personality

Every company has its own personality. Matching this personality with appropriate marketing tools is the key to a successful marketing strategy. Signs are the perfect tool for promoting a company’s goals, objectives and mission statement. Choosing a sign that coincides with a company’s personality will improve brand awareness, customer loyalty and lead generation.

Many establishments operate in a shopping mall, walkable community or other retail environment. Choosing a sign that matches the district’s personality will add an air of uniqueness and commonality that customers will surely appreciate. It enhances the community experience.

9. Can be a sidewalk springer

Sometimes firms need a sturdy-based sidewalk sign that can withstand strong winds and possible collisions. Springer signs fit this need. These plastic corrugated signs are manufactured with a techno-polymer base that users can fill with water, sand or other heavy materials. These materials stabilize the sign by allowing the sign to “spring” back when knocked over. After usage, users can quickly empty the base contents.

The sign industry can be a confusing and overwhelming one to some. Consulting with a trained sign professional will provide valuable insight.

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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