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

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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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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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 History of the Yield Sign

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The yield sign is one of the most common signs on the road today, used everywhere from quiet suburban boulevards to busy multi-lane highways. Classified by the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) as an “R1-2 Regulatory Sign,” it is considered to be one of the most important road signs, ranking just below the stop sign in terms of its usefulness in maintaining order on our public streets and thoroughfares.

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Birthplace of the Yield Sign
Like most inventions, the yield sign was developed to solve a widespread, and growing, problem – traffic accidents caused by drivers failing to yield the right-of-way. In 1950, Clinton Riggs, a Highway Trooper in Tulsa, Oklahoma, concluded that a sign was needed at the corner of Columbia Avenue and First Street to remind drivers about the law requiring them to slow down and respect the right-of-way of other drivers. Officer Riggs believed that such a sign would help to both reduce crashes and clarify which driver was at fault; within one year of the installation of his “Yield” sign, vehicle crashes at the test intersection dropped dramatically, leading to the widespread installation of yield signs on roadways throughout the country.

The Four-Sided Yield Sign
According to traffic sign enthusiast Stephen Salcedo, owner of the website “My Crazy Hobby,” one of the rarest types of yield sign was the the four-sided yield sign, shaped like an upside-down trapezoid. Used in low-traffic areas (like residential neighborhoods) in California throughout the 1950’s as an alternative to the stop sign, these signs were yellow with either painted or embossed black writing. The text on these unique signs read “Yield Right of Way” rather than just the standard “Yield”; by the 1960s, these four-sided signs were replaced with the standard inverted triangular yield signs.

The Yellow Years
According to the website TrafficSign.us, yield signs throughout the United States were solid yellow with a narrow black border and the word “Yield” written in solid black letters for almost two decades [http://www.trafficsign.us/yellowyield.html]. The yellow yield sign was introduced in 1954 in the U.S. DOT’s MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices)

The Yield Sign Today
In accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, yield signs on public roads throughout the country were standardized in 1971 to help minimize confusion for drivers traveling through different states. The modern American yield sign is an inverted, symmetrical triangle; the outer edge of the sign is bordered with a thick, solid red line while the word “yield” is printed onto the inside white triangle in red, capitalized letters.

Variations On The Yield Sign
While the yield sign is most often displayed on its own, in some circumstances, the red and white “yield” triangle is added onto another sign to convey a more detailed message about what, or who, drivers are expected to yield to. One common example of a blended yield sign is found in states where drivers must yield to pedestrians; in these states, rectangular white regulatory signs with both a printed yield sign and an image of a pedestrian are often posted at crosswalks to remind drivers they must yield to pedestrians.

Regardless of where a yield sign is displayed or what color (or shape) it is, throughout the world, the meaning remains the same; drivers must be prepared either to slow down or to stop in order to “give way” to pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles who have the right-of-way.

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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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Why Sign Placement is Critical for Communication

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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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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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Roland Compatible 440ml Ink Cartridges Are Now Available!

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Introducing TruColor brand “Environmental Inks”.

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Trucolor uses, what is termed, “virgin” OE tanks (OE product that has never been refilled). All tanks are inspected, cleaned, checked for electronic/chip reporting integrity and tested before they go out the door. Ink colors are typed and matched precisely to OE profiles so they perform as expected. Trucolor inks are made in the USA.

TruColor Wide Format Series inks for Roland printers are 100% chemically compatible with OEM inks and require no flushing or reprofiling. Their proprietary formulas deliver exceptionally bright and vivid colors because of a wider color gamut and higher ink density. Their inks have excellent adhesion, superior scratch resistance and quick drying times …and all at a significant cost savings compared to OEM.

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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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$88 for a Bench-Top Press Grommet Machine!

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We’ve added a new item and we feel like it is quite a bargain. This is a manual grommet press. The operation is entirely by hand, the quality of work is equal to that done by large automatic machines. When setting our #2 brass grommets with this grommet press; it pierces the material and sets the grommet in a single action without the need for a pre-punched hole.  You can see this item on our website by going to: http://www.signsdirect.com/Home/Grommet-Machines/

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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 Signicade Deluxe is Now Available

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signicade-deluxeThe “Signicade Deluxe” is finally here. It is destine to be around for a long time. It has the same great features of “The Original Signicade” (like the ability to add sand or water internally for added stability in heavy winds), but it adds a new feature that many will find attractive.

You can now drop your sing panel into it’s “slots” and have your sign panel displayed securely without the use of any screws or Velcro or any other type of fasteners (*sign panel not included).

Your sign needs to be constructed on a ridged panel like 4mm corrugated plastic or any other ridged sign material that is 4mm thick (or thinner). You could use something like .060 aluminum with your Signicade Deluxe, but why? ….corraplast is so much cheaper.

We now have the Signicade Deluxe in stock in both black and white. Enjoy!

Oh, we have the Signicade Deluxe available online at THIS WEB PAGE

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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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New Econo Classic Portable Sign Stand

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The “Econo Classic” sign stand is 42.5″ x 26.5″ and holds a 36″ tall x 24″ wide sign panel (sign panels are not included).

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  • Change Signs in Seconds with “slide in” feature.
  • Molded-in stacking lugs nest into each other preventing sliding and shifting of stacked sign frames
  • Can use 36″x 24″ aluminum or 4 mm corrugated plastic sign panels
  • Molded handle for easy portability
  • Will not rust or splinter
  • Never needs painting
  • No bolts or latches need to attach sign

It is a little unusual to name a new item with the term “classic”, but I don’t think they were too far off the mark because I predict that it won’t take very long for this sign stand to become the “go to” sign stand for sign-makers everywhere.

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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Signs Direct, Inc.

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Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in signs such as traffic and parking, customized neon signs, sign holders and stands, as well as banners and sign substrates.

Links of interest may include…

DOT & Sign Regulations
The Department of Transportation DOTThe Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
DOT – Standard Highway Signs
Richard C, Moeur’s Web Page Pertaining to Traffic Sign Regulations

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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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