How to Identify the Meaning of Each Road Sign & Symbol


Road signs provide in route information and warnings to drivers. These signs use symbols, shapes and colors to convey messages about speed limits, construction areas and hazardous road conditions, among other things. Drivers are required to know many of these signs when they take the written test for their learner's permit. It is very important for every driver to be able to recognize the meaning of road signs. There are several methods by which you can learn to identify their meaning.

Road signs are used to communicate with drivers.
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Step 1

Contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. They will provide you with reading material that identifies road signs and their meanings.

Your local DMV can provide you with a list of road signs.
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Step 2

Sign up for a driver's education course. These are set up by schools and private organizations. Contact your local DMV to find a course near you.

A department of motor vehicles.
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Step 3

Visit the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration link in the Resources section. They have an exhaustive list of roadway signs. View these in your internet browser, or follow the links to download and print a PDF version of your own.

Look up road signs online.
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Tips & Warnings

  • There are many online tests to help determine your road sign knowledge.


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