Three out of four drivers 'cannot identify basic road signs'

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Millions of drivers cannot identify basic road signs, and young people are the worst culprits, a survey has found. 

Three quarters of drivers do not know the meanings of all the road signs in the Highway Code, and particularly struggle with signs involving bridges, loading zones and no motor vehicles. 

Young people are the worst at identifying road signs, with only 14 per cent of under 24s fully confident in naming all signs, despite having taken their test in recent years. 

Three quarters of the younger age group were unable to correctly identify the sign which warns a hump bridge is ahead, compared to 95 per cent of over 24s, the Accident Advice Helpline survey found.

Most adults were not aware that there are three different types of road signs as indicated by different shapes: giving orders (in a circle); warnings (a triangle) and informing (a rectangle). 

David Carter, spokesman for Accident Advice Helpline said: “It was surprising to see how many drivers were unaware of the significance of the shape of a sign let alone its meaning.”

43 per cent of drivers also failed to identify the sign for no motor vehicles, which could prove problematic, Mr Carter said.

“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.”

Perhaps it’s not surprising then that one in five drivers admitted to being a near miss accident due to themselves or another driver not understanding a road sign. 


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