Puzzling or Inaccurate Road Signs: No.1

Unclear or inaccurate traffic signs, road signs, pavement markings or road markings — call them what you prefer — can cause confusion or even danger.

Here’s one from Colorado, photographed in May 2018, but what exactly does it mean?

Photograph of a road sign that reads: "In case of flood climb to safety."
Confusing traffic signs: What exactly does this mean? Climb onto the roof of your car? Somehow try to get to a tree and assuming you are young, strong and nimble, climb that? Swim for the nearest hillside? The ONLY safe message in relation to road vehicles is do not drive into water that is covering the road and is either flowing or may be deeper than it looks. (Copyright image, 2018.)

 Surely, as always, the most important task for safety is not to drive into any flood water.  Once your vehicle is in water that might only be a few inches deep, things can go lethally wrong very quickly, and many people lose their lives each year as a result.

There is also the important consideration that no country is meant to use text (as opposed to images) for traffic signs because they cannot be effective with people who don’t speak the language in question, whether that is because they belong to a resident ethnic minority or are visiting from another country.

As part of our important coverage regarding traffic signs, on defensive or advanced safe driving courses at Advanced Drivers of America [ADoNA] we can cover aberrant signs that often have our trainees baffled or which they simply have never understood.  This is just one of the many ways we help protect your people doing work-related driving, and by doing so, protect your corporate profits, too.

Footnote:  If any of the readers of this blog have their own photographs of confusing road signs — and they must be your own for *copyright* reasons — please feel free to send them to us, but do include a note of the country concerned, as well as your ownership of copyright.  If we get a few, we will create a photo gallery.  However, please DO NOT take any risks whatsoever in order to obtain any relevant photos.  Roadside photography is a distracting and therefore dangerous task in its own right and we do not want anybody taking any inadvertent risks whatsoever.

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Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at: http://www.advanceddrivers.com/ceochief-instructors-resumecvbio/

2 thoughts on “Puzzling or Inaccurate Road Signs: No.1”

  1. A sign that some have thought confusing is the supplemental plate added to minor road stop signs that reads “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop”. There have been reports of side street vehicles just driving through without stopping.

    1. That’s both interesting and worrying (that people fail to understand very basic English). Thank you for posting this.

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