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Drive America Introduction

Are you planning to travel to America for a vacation or to study English? If you are planning on driving during your stay, it is important to know the meaning of traffic signs, rules, and regulations. The police in America are very strict and will give you a ticket for even the slightest mistake. These tickets can cost a lot of money and you will need to spend time to pay the penalty at the appropriate agency. YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED.

Many of my friends, who were international students, received tickets because they did not understand the meaning of road signs, or the written English.

Learn all of the road signs in America and you can reduce your chances of getting a ticket.

All of the important road signs are covered on these pages. If you have any questions, post a comment at the bottom of any page. GOOD LUCK.
Sign Types

Basically three types of road signs are used in the United States....guide, regulatory, and warning.
 
Guide - Guide road signs show route designations, destinations, directions, distances, services, points of interest, and other geographical, recreational, or cultural information. Guide series includes general service, specific service, recreation, and emergency management signs.
Regulatory - Regulatory road signs give notice of traffic laws or regulations. These signs tell you when to stop, yield, where you can and cannot turn, where you can and cannot park, and when a train is coming, and more.
Warning - Warning road signs give notice of a situation that might not be readily apparent. Warning road signs typically have a yellow background color but the background color can also be orange or fluorescent-pink depending on the situation.
Learn Signs

These are all of the road signs you need to know while driving in the United States of America.
Sign Meaning - Colors

The colors of road signs usually determine what type of sign it is and what you can expect, or need to do.
Red

Red road signs are used for any of the following:
regulatory, prohibitive, interstate route
Orange

Orange road signs are used for any of the following:
temporary traffic control, incident management
Yellow

Yellow road signs are used for any of the following:
warning, pedestrian, bicycle, school
Green

Green road signs are used for any of the following:
guide, street name, destination, reference location, information, recreational
Fluorescent green

Fluorescent green road signs are used for any of the following:
pedestrian, bicycle, school
Fluorescent yellow green

Fluorescent yellow green road signs are used for any of the following:
pedestrian, bicycle, school
Blue

Blue road signs are used for any of the following:
interstate route, county route, information, evacuation route, road user service
Brown

Brown road signs are used for any of the following:
forest route, recreational
Fluorescent pink

Fluorescent pink road signs are used for any of the following:
incident management
White

White road signs are used for any of the following:
regulatory, prohibitive, permissive, state routes, us routes
Black

Black road signs are used for any of the following:
regulatory, changeable message signs
 
Sign Meaning - Shapes

The shapes of road signs also determine what type of sign it is and what you can expect, or need to do.
Square

Square road signs are used for any of the following:
regulatory, warning, guide
Diamond

Diamond road signs are used for any of the following:
warning
Octagon

Octagon road signs are used for any of the following:
stop
Equilateral triangle

Equilateral triangle road signs are used for any of the following:
yield
Circle

Circle road signs are used for any of the following:
highway rail grade crossing
Crossbuck

Crossbuck road signs are used for any of the following:
highway rail grade crossing
Pennant or isosceles triangle

Pennant or isosceles triangle road signs are used for any of the following:
no passing
Pentagon

Pentagon road signs are used for any of the following:
school, county route
Trapezoid

Trapezoid road signs are used for any of the following:
recreational - cultural interest, national forest route
Shield

Shield road signs are used for any of the following:
interstate and U.S. route
 
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