No Smoking Signs Are On Fire

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Due to the public demand and many new laws enforcing the rights of non-smokers, no smoking signs are on fire. Here are some of the ways the war on tobacco is being waged:

1. They can be decals.

Establishments that are totally non-smoking can inform the public about this by using decals. Decals can be put on a variety of windows including storefronts, restaurants, hospitals and medical care facilities, retirement communities, retail establishments, cars and vehicles, and businesses of all types. Decals can be put on restaurant menus to emphasize the importance the venue places on customer health.

2. They can designate particular areas.

Some establishments have designated smoking areas, like restaurants. When this happens, nonsmoking signs can be used to teach others which parts of the establishment are available for smoking and which are not. Signs can be placed on table tops, counter tops, and near entrances.

3. They must meet zoning laws.

As with any public sign, non-smoking signs must meet local zoning ordinance laws. This means they must be placed in certain locations, a certain number of feet away from other items, be of specific sizes and/or contain specific wording and material. Check with zoning laws to be sure what applies.

4. They can be door or wall hangers.

Door hangers provide a convenient way to notify others of particular rooms being nonsmoking and can come in handy in establishments like hotels, hospitality venues and private meeting rooms. Wall hangers, or signs, can be placed in noticeable areas like bathrooms, lobbies and other high-traffic spots.

5. They can be used for medical purposes.

Federal law prohibits smoking in any medical facility. Non-smoking signs placed in both the interior and exterior surroundings will keep everyone informed of this. Many individual medical conditions require nonsmoking areas to be in place. This applies for respiratory machines that require oxygen dispensing and usage. Hospitals may have non-smoking signs to designate oxygen storage areas. Many smokers may want to smoke and plead ignorance about not knowing smoking is prohibited. Non-smoking signs can serve as a teaching tool and aggressive way to present the anti-smoking voice, or, they can be a gentle reminder about the importance of not smoking. Some signs can thank individuals for not smoking and for being considerate of others.

Non-smoking signs provide good public safety by lowering risks due to second-hand smoke, notifying of dangers associated with lung damage, and showing that smoking is not acceptable in many medical institutions. Signs usually use few words, provide information in an easy-to-understand, and pleasant, yet forceful manner making them universally informative. Signs play an important role in operating a healthy, safe and secure healthcare facility of any kind.

6. Non-smoking signs can be customized.

With so many uses and facilities that can use nonsmoking signs, it is important to find a vendor that makes customized signs. Signs can be designed to fit in with a room or interior décor, match the scheme already in place, be made of specified materials, and come in a variety of shapes to meet the buyer’s needs. Shapes include rectangular, square, circles, triangles or sculpted versions. Signs can be reproduced onto specialized backing to meet client preferences.

Customized signs range in price, depending upon the extent of customization needed and materials used. Check with many vendors to find the highest quality product for the best price.

Finding, and using, the correct nonsmoking sign can go far toward protecting public safety and everyone’s health.

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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Effective Communication With Road Signs

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1. They can improve traffic flow.

Road signs can improve all types of traffic flow. Traffic crossing signs inform passengers which direction to walk, which reduces the likelihood of jaywalking and other illegal activities. Crosswalks can be designated with safety signs, so they inform pedestrians about upcoming areas to cross streets. Pedestrian crosswalk signs placed near the walkway improve traffic flow and safety levels. These signs also let drivers know about areas where pedestrians have the right-of-way.

Safety signs can come in handy in school areas. School areas can be a tricky place for traffic involving pedestrians, students, and motorists to all co-exist safely. Signs can point out street crossings, upcoming speed limits, school zones and school hours. This information makes the entire area a safer place for all coming in contact with it.

Signs can effectively communicate how to properly navigate intersections. Intersections are the location for the highest level of fatalities due to the complexity of traffic pattern options available. Without safety signs, a haphazard traffic flow would exist at all levels. This statistic can be reduced by having traffic lights placed in noticeable heights at appropriate spots. Red stop signs placed at each intersection corner make pedestrian and driver movement safer. Caution signs can inform drivers of upcoming round-abouts, making the streets safer to navigate. Caution signs can also inform drivers and pedestrians of upcoming street worker areas, protecting the workers and affected parties from injury and accidents. A beeping alarm placed at intersections can be used to notify visually-impaired people of available street crossing times. This protects against injury.

Safety signs can also improve traffic flow involving bicyclists. Placing a bicyclist crossing sign that contains a bicycle symbol notifies everyone to be aware. Heightened awareness improves safety. These signs inform drivers to be aware of bicyclists, and also inform bicyclists, and can help parties stay safe by designating areas specified only for bicyclist use.

Safe and walkable communities need to consider the elderly and mobility impaired. Put up signs that signify pedestrian walking, with traffic lights nearby so motorists can stop when needed. Designate the crosswalk on the street surface, so walkers know exactly where to cross. A yellow sign with “pedestrian crossway” will notify everyone of possible pedestrians.

2. They can protect during night.

Nighttime can be a particularly challenging time to navigate around. Using reflective lights that stand out is one way to effectively communicate and keep everyone safer.

Using bright fluorescent signs, whether digital or standard, to notify drivers of work and/or construction zones is another way to keep everyone safer.

3. It can help the mobility impaired.

Safety signs can effective communicate areas specified for the mobility impaired. These signs can be either electronic, like flashing traffic lights, or standard street signs. Motorists are aware that there may be slow walkers in the area and to give way, if needed. This reduces the risks of injury for the mobility impaired by allowing them to walk at a comfortable pace that their level of health permits without worrying about being hit by a car. It also protects the driver by, hopefully, putting them on notice about the special area.

Safety signs come in all shapes, types and forms. Using them judiciously requires zoning law approval, proper placement and strong viewability.

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 Ways to Create Safe And Walkable Communities with Signs

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A safe and walkable community expands transportation options, encourages bicyclist and pedestrian activity and also serves people of all mobility ranges. Signs serve the purpose of letting people know what to expect – they are the most basic and import forms of communication. This improves the likelihood that a person will react properly and behave according to plan. Community communication can range from dynamic LED traffic signs to highly visible school signs.

1. Use railroad and/or public transportation access signs.
Use these signs wherever there is access to public transportation or rail transport. The railroad sign may consist of crossbars that close off walking access when trains move by. Make certain there is a warning sign stating not to walk on railroad tracks. Prepare motorists about upcoming railroad crossings by placing notification signs that include symbols for railroad tracks. Read your zoning laws for proper placement requirements.

For public transportation venues, make certain signs specify operating hours. Having signs with both verbiage and symbols will help readers of all nationalities. For instance, for a bus terminal, have a symbol that represents a bus.

2. Use school crossing signs.
School crossing signs are crucial in creating safe and walkable communities that involve educational facilities. Depending upon one’s vicinity, the signs may designate school hours, speed limits and pedestrian crossing lanes. These signs encourage pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to yield to school children entering the area. Make certain the signs are easy to read, are placed in a clearly visible place, and comply with zoning ordinance laws.

3. Make intersections safe.
Intersections can be one of the most troublesome of areas for motorists and walkers. Most fatalities occur at intersections due to the complexities of traffic patterns and signage. Place a red stop sign at each street intersection corner. Improve the safety level by implementing some pedestrian signals like signs with drawings of walking individuals. To assist the visually-impaired, consider implementing a beeping alarm to inform walkers it is safe to cross the street.

If a round-about exists as an intersection, use signs that signal the proper directions riders need to take to improve traffic flow effectively and reduce accident risks. Designate bicycle crossings by placing a yellow sign with a bicycle symbol near the crossing.

4. Make streets safe and user-friendly.
Make sure streets are easy to navigate. If the street has any abnormalities, like a speed bump or road hazard, place a sign nearby to warn motorists and individuals. Speed bump signs can be the word “BUMP” on a yellow rectangular sign. Road hazard signs like deer crossings could be a deer drawing on yellow rectangular-shaped metal. Put a red stop sign on each street corner so walkers stop before crossing the street. Use traffic signals in populated areas to create traffic flow gaps, making it easier for pedestrians to cross the street safely.

5. Designate special areas.
Safe and walkable communities need to consider the elderly and mobility impaired. Put up signs that signify pedestrian walking, with traffic lights near by so motorists can stop when needed. Designate the crosswalk on the street surface, so walkers know exactly where to cross. A yellow sign with “pedestrian crossway” will notify everyone of possible pedestrians.

Make certain to check all signs to be sure they provide adequate reflectivity during nighttime hours. Signs need to be placed and used intelligently to assure respect and compliance from everyone.


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Universal Access Has Helped Improve Access for All

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was enacted in 1990, has not only improved accessibility for individuals with recognized disabilities, but compliance with the act ensures universal access regardless of physical or mental differences (from handicap signs to products to services). The regulations included in the definition of accessibility provided by the ADA specifies a number of measurements and other regulations that must be addressed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities, Universal design, however, which is frequently associated with universal access, is truly intended to ensure that all goods and services are accessible to every individual regardless of mobility, age, visual impairment or ability, auditory impairment or ability, and mental capacity.

All individuals are created in a unique way, and although there are averages that are commonly focused upon, the ADA ensures that no individual is discriminated against or excluded due to physical or developmental differences. Universal access employs the development of innovative universal designs that meet the needs of human beings throughout the various stages of life, and in all capacities.

Advances in technology continue to make universal accessibility a real possibility for our community members. The use of assistive devices, elevators and escalators, wheelchair accessible restrooms, and other technologies have improved over the last few decades, making universal access much less complicated.

Universal Access and Its Impact on the Community

Although a number of devices were actually created to assist those with recognized disabilities in accessing goods and services, many of these devices have become universally designed to provide increased accessibility to those without disabilities as well. A look back throughout an individual’s daily life will likely reveal various instances when an assistive device or easy access design has improved the lives of others in their community, such as:

1. A mother who has her hands full and is carrying a small child, for example, is not necessarily disabled but benefits from automatic doors and wide hallways.
2. An elderly man may not be disabled, but his age and physical condition may render him unable to climb multiple flights of stairs. An elevator or escalator that might have been designed for disabled individuals might be just what he needs.
3. A man with poor corrected vision that does not qualify as a recognized disability may benefit from larger print, or even audio books.
4. An older lady may begin to experience slight impairments which might otherwise make living independently impossible – specifically universally designed equipment like lift chairs, balance rails, and shower chairs.

Adaptive Technology

Additionally, adaptive technology plays a significant role in universal access and universal design. Adaptive technology includes the development, modification, or other alteration of devices that improve the possibility that individuals can access or use goods and services that would otherwise be impossible. Items such as hearing aids, computer software, remote control devices, and many modified devices like widened wheel chairs for the obese.

Although the ADA continues to draw its focus around individuals with disabilities, it is clear that all individuals, regardless of physical or mental impairment, may actually benefit from the improved access the act has required.

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 Big Mistakes with Safety and Parking Signs

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Designing a parking lot that is safe for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists is no easy task. While local and state governments provide rules and regulations that must be adhered to, these regulations do not always guarantee safety. Proper usage of safety and parking signs can help ease congestion in the parking lot area and keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe at the same time. Parking lot designs have improved greatly over the last few decades and provide properly sized parking spaces, highly visible handicap areas and safety lights. While these improvements have helped make parking lots safer, there are still several other big mistakes that are commonly made when designing parking lots. Below is a list of three common parking lot mistakes that can easily be fixed with proper placement of parking and safety signs.

1. Safe Pedestrian and Bicyclist Walkways
Parking lots are typically designed with motorists in mind, but it is important that special consideration is given to pedestrians and bicyclists. This will help to create greater safety for everyone using the parking lot. Pedestrian and bicycle walkways should be clearly marked in front of the store area with bright yellow pedestrian walkway signs. This will help employees and customers know exactly where they can safely cross the parking lot. Many businesses are successfully using portable Stop signs at these walkways for added protection. No parking signs should also be placed in front of the store in order to keep these pedestrian and bicyclist’s walkways clear from obstructions. A clearly marked bicycle parking area should be designated near the front of the store.

2. Use of Roadway Signs
It may seem odd to place signs that are typically seen on the roadway in a parking lot, but these safety signs can help direct motorists. Speed Limit signs are becoming more commonly seen in parking lots and can prevent people from driving too fast throughout the parking lot area. These special Speed Limit signs range from 5 to 20 miles per hour and are dependent on the specific type of parking lot. Many parking lots use arrows painted onto the parking lot surface to regulate traffic within the lot area, but this type of signage is often hard to see and causes confusion. However, One Way signs and Do Not Enter signs are easy to see and can help regulate traffic and minimize congestion within the parking lot. Entrance and Exit signs also help direct traffic as motorists travel into and out of the parking lot.

3. Proper Notice of Towing
There is almost always times when a car will simply need to be removed from the parking lot because it is parked where it should not be or is left in the parking lot for an extended period of time. When this happens, it is often necessary to have the vehicle towed. It is important to understand that businesses owners cannot just remove any car in the parking lot they want because there is a set of regulations that must be followed or the businesses owner takes a chance of paying for the towing fees. Each locality and state has its own set of rules pertaining to towing vehicles, but typically business owners are obligated to provide motorist with proper notice that their vehicle may be towed. A Notice of Towing sign meets these requirements and should be placed at each entrance to the parking lot, as well as, within the parking lot area. Keeping the parking lot clear of these unwanted vehicles helps to provide ample parking for employees and customers and minimize parking lot congestion.

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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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Universal Access Signs (Handicap Signs) You May Not Know

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Here are some Universal Access or Handicap signs that you should probably know:

Get to know the Universal Ski Access Sign – this sport is on fire!
Snow fun is not limited to people without disabilities. People with disabilities are joining the fun with each passing ski season. This means more and more ski resorts are increasingly aware that families want to be able to enjoy an activity where all family members can participate. Currently, there are over 150 ski resorts in France that offer adaptive ski programs for disabled individuals. It can be very time consuming trying to find a resort to accommodate your needs. Catherine Cosby operates a non-profit foundation called Ski 2 Freedom, the company will advise families or individuals with disabilities, how to find the right resort to meet your needs. There are many adaptive ski programs in the US that offer safe and supportive alpine ski lessons for adults and children with a wide range of disabilities. Other winter outdoor sports gaining popularity with people who have disabilities are cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating and kick sledding.

Lets Take A Look At The Universal Access For Camping!
Accessible camping is another outdoor activity growing in popularity. With that popularity you will notice more wheelchair accessible camping sites popping up all over this great nation. When you see the sign it means campsites are designed to be more accessible to wheelchair users. These designated hard-packed level sites feature pedestal grills and accessible picnic tables. However, just because you see a universal access sign for camping, it does not mean the showers and restrooms are equipped. Before you decide on a campground make sure it meets all the requirements and not just some of them.

Fishing Is A Fantastic Sport To Accompany Camping!
Have you noticed any universal access fishing signs lately? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that requires all newly constructed fishing piers and platforms be usable by individuals with disabilities. Guidelines require minimum accessibility for newly constructed fishing platforms and piers. It provides specifications for elements on a pier or platform to create a basic level of usability for people with disabilities. Mainly it focuses ensuring that people with disabilities are able to access the fishing platform or pier. Other items included in this addresses elements commonly found at a fishing facility, like parking spaces, and restroom and bathing facilities.

Boating Is Also Growing In Popularity!
The ADA also requires all newly constructed boating facilities be usable by individuals with disabilities. This includes all commonly found elements at a boating facility, like restrooms, parking spaces, routes, and ramps. The accessible routes must connect accessible buildings, boating facilities, and other spaces. There are many wheelchair accessible boats and yachts on the market now too. It’s time to get outdoors and go boating. Sails up!

Please familiarize yourself with the universal access signs you may not know. We are all working together to make this a better place for all.

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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4 Tips To Keep You From Getting Killed By An Animal While Driving

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Have you ever been driving down the road and a coyote, fox, deer or some other animal darts out in front of your vehicle? It happens everyday and sometimes you miss it and it’s road kill. The problem is always going to exist. To avoid a collision with an animal, observe road signs and learn these defensive driving techniques.

1. Don’t risk your life.
It’s a fact that more people are injured and killed from hitting another object when they swerve sharply to avoid an animal, than those that don’t and hit the animal. Always maintain control of your vehicle, sometimes, it may be impossible to avoid a collision with an animal. Your safety should always come before the animals. Don’t veer if it will put you or another motorist in harms way. Colliding with an animal on the road is a comprehensive insurance claim, which is a minimal deductible with no premium increases.

2. Use your lights and put them on high beams when driving in an area with high animal traffic at night.
Of course, don’t use high beams when other cars are approaching. Animals are most active at dawn and dusk – that is also when our eyesight is compromised and headlights are least effective. Try to plan your driving at another time to avoid driving at dawn or dusk.

3. Don’t become distracted.
Cell phones, the radio, dropped objects, and children can be distractions and you’ll be tempted to take your eyes off the road, don’t do it! Always be aware of the road and activity to the side of the road. If you are traveling on a road with heavy brush on the sides, know there is a large possibility you may spot an animal. Some animals eyes have a reflective layer of ocular tissue called tapetum lucidum, it makes their eyes easy to spot at night. Scan the night environment looking for two greenish or yellow dots. Be on alert because some animals travel in a packs, so if you see one – expect more. Practice defensive driving.

4. The speed limit may be 55 or 60 mph, but you should slow way down when traveling at dawn or dusk in high animal traffic areas.
Be especially aware at times of the year when animals are most active. If there is a water source, like a pond or stream, nearby know there is a higher potential to see an animal, so slow down. When you drive at a decreased speed it increases your reaction time. Time is of the essence when reacting to an animal running in front of your vehicle. You may even be able to stop and avoid the collision.

It’s not always possible to avoid a collision but you can always practice good driving techniques for any situation. Take the time to understand the route you’re driving and you won’t be caught off guard next time an animal darts in front of your vehicle. So stay alert, don’t give in to distraction, avoid driving at dawn or dusk, pay attention to road signs warning of animal activity, and please remember your safety comes first.

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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7 Safety Secrets for Construction Signs

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Everybody who has ever been on a construction site knows that this can be a very dangerous place to be. There is constantly falling debris, in-use power tools and other aspects that make the entire site a dangerous place for anyone who is unsuspecting and without the proper safety gear. In order to protect the site and the liability of the company involved, it is important to know the 7 main safety secrets of how having the right construction signs located throughout the construction site will keep everybody safe.

7. Parking Signs at Entrances
When there are signs that point to the fact that the area being entered is a construction site, many people will begin to take safety precautions before they exit their vehicle. They will be sure to be watching out for the workers and any dangers that may be present. There are safety signs that state “Construction Site Parking Only” and other similar signs that when posted in parking spots will help visitors to see that they are entering a construction zone.

6. No Trespassing Signs
It really is a no-brainer that an active construction site should not be entered by any unauthorized personnel when the workday is done, but it never hurts to have signs that state the fact. Even if an unauthorized person comes onto the site after hours and gets hurt, the company may still be held liable. Having posted signs that state “No Trespassing” helps in the case to show the company took every precaution to keep unwelcomed guests off the site.

5. Signs That Specify Equipment Needed
Most construction sites have signs that specify that it is a hard hat area, but many forget the other types of safety gear that helps workers to stay safe are necessary. Gear like safety goggles, steel toe boots and various types of vests help to protect workers in different areas of the site. Using signs that specify which safety gear needs to be worn in which areas of the construction site will help to prevent injuries.

4. Be Bilingual
Many people who are living in the country today do not speak much English, therefore, everybody needs to be sure that when important messages are being relayed, they should be relayed in multiple languages. It is important that when construction site signs are placed, they are in multiple languages to ensure that everybody stays safe.

3. Look up Signs
Construction sites often have signs that state when people are entering the construction zone, but most of the injuries caused on these sites come from falling debris. When there are signs placed strategically around where workers are overhead, those walking or working under them are more aware of the work going on above them.

2. Hard Hat Signs
Hard hat signs are some of the most important signs that are found on a construction site. They state that workers and visitors need to wear these hats at all times, just in case there is falling debris.

1. Make Signs Specific to the Job
Every construction site is different, and every company is different. Making the safety signs specific to your job and your company will allow you to create a safer atmosphere for everybody. When you make your own sign, you can state specific company guidelines like the different types of safety gear needed, which workers are allowed access to various areas, and even what types of heavy machinery are actively working in that area.

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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Top 4 Problems With Traffic Signs

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Traffic signs are designed to help improve safety on our streets and highways, making it easier for drivers to understand (and follow) the rules of the road and navigate to their destination. In an ideal world, regulatory and warning signs should help to improve the flow of traffic, reduce accidents and ensure that pedestrians can safely use designated crosswalks. Unfortunately, the reality is that traffic signs are less than perfect; in some cases, roadside signs have been linked to an increase in traffic congestion, pollution and the misuse of neighborhood streets as alternatives to designated commuter routes. Worse yet, traffic signs have been blamed for increased accident rates, particularly among rear-end collisions. Here are the top four problems with traffic signs:

1) Traffic Signs Can Lead To “Distracted Driving”

While a few clear, well-placed signs serve to help improve traffic flow and safety, once drivers have to contend with multiple signs involving speed limits, turn restrictions, time of day regulations and other road rules, distracted driving becomes a serious issue. Drivers are simply unable to navigate safely while simultaneously locating and reading numerous traffic signs – this sign-induced form of distracted driving has been blamed for numerous crashes, particularly at busy urban and suburban intersections.

2) Too Many Signs Leads To Information Overload

In areas where there are simply too many signs, drivers are at risk of simply “tuning out” the signs altogether – the result of information overload. According to British transportation secretary Patrick McLoughlin, excessive roadside signage can actually make driving more dangerous in the UK, a feeling shared by the numerous lobby groups in that country that are working to eliminate confusing, redundant and unnecessary signs.

3) Signs Can Make Drivers Less Defensive

Another major problem with traffic signs is trust; most drivers comply with signs directing them to yield, stop, turn left from the left turn lane and merge when told to, however, not all drivers follow the rules of the road. Traffic signs can cause drivers to let down their guard and drive less defensively than they should be, based on the unrealistic belief that all drivers will comply with the rules expressed through traffic signs. Many serious crashes involving drivers running red lights could be avoided if all drivers checked the intersection before entering it, regardless of the color of the light.

4) Traffic Signs Are Expensive

According to the Wyoming Department of Transportation, installing a single traffic light costs between $200,000 and $500,000, a cost which is ultimately passed along to drivers in the form of increased taxes on gas and vehicle registration fees.

Remember that while reading and understanding roadside signs are an important part of safe driving, traffic signs aren’t perfect – be extra cautious in areas where there is an abundance of signs, and never assume that other drivers will comply with traffic signs. Always drive defensively and avoid the temptation to read too many signs at once

Tom Dalton

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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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