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Road Signs and Safety

Road Signs and Safety
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The use of road signs and safety for all who use those roads go hand in hand. For many people, little thought is given to road signs except when they seem to impede their traveling. Without them, however, there is little doubt travelers would find a completely different world out there on the roads.

Why Road Signs Are Necessary
There are a number of different reasons why road signs are necessary in the busy and congested streets of today. It was not very long after the automobile began to catch on that such signs became necessary for many reasons that sought to address a greater number of vehicles as well as pedestrians in the same area at the same time.

Safety is Number One
This is probably the number one reason for having road signs. Warnings of sharp curves, rough roads and construction areas ahead all serve to provide drivers with an ample amount of time to adjust their speed so they can maintain control of their vehicles. However, people traveling inside cars are not the only ones who are protected when the right signs are used. Pedestrians are afforded a safe crossing from one side of a busy intersection to another by the strategic location of a crosswalk sign and the accompanying crosswalk area on the pavement, for example.

Maintaining Order Keeps Safety at the Forefront
Closely related tor safety is the ability of road signs to maintain a semblance of order among the thousands of cars that transverse the roads. From school zone signs that warn drivers to drive more slowly to allow buses to exit the school grounds to signs that warn of upcoming streets so drivers can prepare to make the necessary turns, order is maintained in a way so that traffic flow is not impeded and safety is guarded.

An Absence of Road Signs Would Mean Chaos
Sometimes people complain about road signs. They might not want to slow down when traveling through areas that are known to be heavily congested or that feature many slow moving trucks traversing the roads in and out of a business park, for example.

  • Protect Lives: Another example of a road sign that some people would rather ignore are those that warn of oncoming trains. Though the trains might cause delays, without the presence of signs to warn of a train crossing, it is likely that more people would be killed or injured each year due to being surprised by their presence.
  • Protect Resources: Road signs that warn drivers to keep their vehicles off the grass or to avoid parking except in places designated as such help protect fragile resources such as the grass and other foliage.

Work With Road Signs Instead of Against Them
Road signs provide people with the means to reach their destinations safely and easily. Without them, people would not be warned of the dangers that await them up ahead. Deer crossing signs, for example, remind drivers that the area is well known for its prevalence of deer sightings. Slowing their speed and being extra vigilant while driving through these areas can make a different for those drivers who would otherwise be unaware of the deer population.

 


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Top 10 Road Signs for Pedestrian Safety

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There is a wide variety of pedestrian and road signs that are used to prevent accidents from occurring or protect people from various dangers. Each sign is designed in a special color and includes a specific symbol or lettering making it easily distinguishable for everyone. It is extremely important that everyone understands the meaning of these various safety signs in order to protect themselves and their families. There are many different safety signs used in society, but below is a list of the top ten safety signs.

1. Stop Signs
Stop signs are the most commonly recognized safety sign, as well as the most used sign. These signs are designed in bright red with the word STOP spelled out in white across the sign. Whether on the roadway, in a parking lot or on a school bus, the stop sign alerts drivers to stop immediately upon reaching the sign.

2. Caution Signs
Caution signs are typically yellow and commonly triangular in shape. A caution safety sign is used to alert someone to proceed with extra care or to take extra precautions when using a specific item. Hospitals usecaution signs to warn workers of toxic/hazardous waste material, and road crews use these signs to alert drivers that there is road construction ahead.

3. Danger Signs
Danger signs are used to warn people that a certain area may be extremely hazardous. This type of sign usually has a red circle at the top with the word DANGER written in white. The bottom portion of the signincludes specific information about what the exact danger is. Numerous workplaces use danger signs for many types of hazards, such as a high voltage area, construction area or hardhat area.

4. Fire Exit Signs
Fire exit signs are commonly found in public buildings and are designed to show people how to safely exit the building in case of an emergency. These signs are usually either red or green and display an arrow that points to the direction people should exit. It is vital that people are able to identify the fire exits in all public building in case of a fire or other emergency.

5. Do Not Enter Signs
Do not enter signs are either white with black bold letters or red with white lettering and include the words DO NOT ENTER. These signs are used to tell people or employees that they are not permitted to go past a certainpoint. This is often done to protect people from various hazards.

6. No Smoking Signs
While many public building now display no smoking signs, it is important to realize that often this sign is used to avoid possible dangers. For example, a no smoking sign at a gas station is used to avoid the possibility of a flame from a cigarette or lighter causing a dangerous explosion.

7. No Trespassing Signs
A no trespassing sign is used to keep people off private property or away from a dangerous area. This sign is usually rectangular, but can come in various colors, including red, white and black. These signs should always be obeyed and in many cases, it is against the law to trespass in an area that has a no trespassing sign posted.

8. Wet Floor Signs
Wet floor signs are found in many places of employment and public buildings, especially public bathrooms. It is usually a yellow stand-up stand that says CAUTION – WET FLOOR. This sign is used to alert people to the fact that the floor was just mopped and may still be wet. It is important to use caution in these areas to avoid any falls.

9. Authorized Personnel Only Signs
The authorized personnel only signs are used in factories, hospitals, and other public buildings. The sign is used to prohibit anyone from entering past a certain point without proper authorization. These signs are strategically place on doorways that lead to a specific area where only certain people should have access.

10. Crosswalk Signs
Pedestrian walkway signs are important for both the driver and the pedestrian. The signs indicate areas where a person is permitted to cross the street. They are yellow, diamond-shaped signs that show a picture of a person crossing the street. The signs let pedestrians know where it is safe to cross the street, and alert drivers to the fact that people may be crossing the street.


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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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