QUIZ: Three out of four drivers can’t identify basic road signs, can you?

QUIZ: Three out of four drivers can’t identify basic road signs, can you?
QUIZ: Three out of four drivers can’t identify basic road signs, can you?

Millions of British motorists are unable to correctly read the road signs that crowd our highways and byways.

When questioned, three quarters of drivers didn’t know the meanings of all the road signs in the Highway Code, with many not even realising there are different categories of signs.

Despite sitting their tests most recently, only 14 per cent of drivers under the age of 24 were confident they could name all the signs, compared with three in five over-55s.

The most common signs drivers don’t really understand are those involving bridges, loading zones and no motor vehicles.

The majority of those surveyed  were also unaware that there were different shapes and colours for “inform”, “warn” and “order” signs.

David Carter, spokesman for Accident Advice Helpline, which commissioned the survey, said: “Road signs are segregated into three shapes; circles to give order, triangles warn and rectangles inform people.

”It was surprising to see how many drivers were unaware of the significance of the shape of a sign let alone its meaning.

“It’s worrying how many people don’t know basic road signs when driving their vehicle.

”Understanding road signs are vital to road safety and not knowing their meaning can result in accidents due to ignorance.”

A quarter of the drivers questioned for the study said there were some signs they actively ignored, with more than one in 10 turning a blind eye to speed limit signs.

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