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Know your traffic signs

Identifying traffic signs is a major component of the theory test and being familiar with road signs is vital to your journey planning and awareness on the roads.


Hover over the signs to see what they are used to indicate

Entry to 20mph limit area.

These limits are in place for a reason! Narrow roads with cars parked closely together can be particularly dangerous with the danger of children running out in front of your car.

By slowing to this lower speed will give you a much better chance of reacting and is proven to lower fatalities.

End of 20mph area

Max speed in this area

This will indicate the speed limit for the stretch of road you are currently driving on and could indicate 30, 40 or 50 mph.

National speed limit applies

The actual speed limit will depend on the type of road you are on eg. single or dual carriageway, motorway etc.

You need to be aware of the various limits which you will find in highway code.

School patrol crossing

Wherever you see signs indicating the presence of children you should be extra vigilant as they are more likely to act unpredictably e.g.. running out in to road without looking.

Stop and give way

Give way to traffic on major road

Manually operated temporary STOP and GO signs. These will normally be seen at temporary road works but can be used in other circumstances too and should be obeyed as you would normal traffic lights.

No entry for vehicular traffic

No vehicles except bicycles being pushed

No motor vehicles

No buses

This refers to any vehicle with 8 or more passenger seats so includes smaller vehicles too

No overtaking

These signs are often used on accident hotspots where the road may look clear but overtaking is dangerous because of hidden side roads etc.

No towed caravans

No vehicles carrying explosives.

Don't laugh! This isn't one you'll see everyday but probably more relevant then you may think as it refers to anything that may explode e.g. gas canisters.

This sign is sometimes found at tunnel entrances where explosions could cause the structure to be compromised.

No vehicle or combination of vehicles over length shown

No vehicles over height shown

No vehicles over width shown

Give priority to vehicles from opposite direction.

This is often used in traffic calming schemes and is important to pay attention to as the driver coming in the other direction is shown a sign indicating they have priority.

No right turn

No left turn

No U-turns

No goods vehicles over maximum gross weight shown (in tonnes) except for loading and unloading

No waiting

No stopping (Clearway)

Ahead only

Turn left ahead (or right if symbol reversed)

Turn left (right if symbol reversed)

Keep left (right if symbol reversed)

Vehicles may pass either side to reach same destination

Mini-roundabout (roundabout circulation - give way to vehicles from the immediate right)

Route to be used by pedal cycles only

Segregated pedal cycle and pedestrian route

Minimum speed

One way

Distance to ‘STOP’ line ahead

Dual carriageway ends

Road narrows on right

Road narrows on both sides

Distance to ‘Give Way’ line ahead


Junction on bend ahead

T-junction with priority over vehicles from the right

Staggered junction

Traffic merging from left ahead

Double bend first to left

Bend to right (or left if symbol reversed)


Uneven road

Two-way traffic crosses one-way road

Two-way traffic straight ahead

Opening or swing bridge ahead

Low-flying aircraft or sudden aircraft noise

Falling or fallen rocks

Traffic signals not in use

Traffic signals

Slippery road

Steep hill downwards

Note : Gradients may be shown as a ratio i.e. 20% = 1:5

Steep hill upwards

Note : Gradients may be shown as a ratio i.e. 20% = 1:5

Tunnel ahead

Although many tunnels are lit, it is always a good idea to have your light on. This makes it much easier to be see by other motorists especially at either end when their eyes are adjusting to the change in light.

Level crossing with barrier or gate ahead

Level crossing without barrier or gate ahead

Level crossing without barrier

School crossing patrol ahead (some signs have amber lights which flash when crossings are in use)

Frail (or blind or disabled if shown) pedestrians likely to cross road ahead

Zebra crossing

Accompanied horses or ponies.

Other similar signs exist for other animals inc. wild horses, deer and even ducks.

Cycle route ahead

Traffic queues likely

Road works ahead

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