There are many U.S. road signs you should be aware of when driving. Some of them can stick into your memory easy while others may get lost in the shuffle. To help familiarize yourself with 9 of these important U.S. road signs, take a look at our comprehensive guide below.
I’m sorry to say this isn’t the logo for the official Arrow fan club. Without knowing the meaning behind this sign, it can be hard to interpret. When you see a sign like this, it’s signaling that there are camping grounds nearby. So, keep an eye out for campers wandering around. Likewise, these signs can be useful if you’re looking for an impromptu place to rest.
2. Winding Road Ahead
You’ll want to keep your eyes peeled when you see this sign. This is an indicator that the road is going to get as twisted as a Rob Zombie movie up ahead. The appearance of the sign’s curved path is also important to take note of. This sign above is indicating that the winding road will begin with a hard right curve in the road.
3. Picnic Area
Much like the first sign on this handy dandy list, the symbol above may seem confusing if it’s your first time seeing it. However, once you learn the meaning behind it, then it will make total sense. This symbol is supposed to mimic the profile angle of a picnic table. This is to signify that there is a picnic area up ahead.
4. No Bicycles
This sign warns that there are no bikes allowed beyond this point. The round red frame with the diagonal line going through the middle of it is essentially the universal translation for “Don’t do this thing right here”. For instance, you may see this same symbol but with a man fishing at the center instead of a bicycle. This would be showing that no fishing is allowed here.
5. Gas Ahead
If you’re running out of gas after a long trip or want to fuel up before one, follow this sign to find a gas station. Sometimes these signs will also have specific labels on them to signify a particular fuel type. For instance, if you see this same sign with a “D” in the center of it, that means there is Diesel fuel ahead.
If you’re looking for a place to rest during your trip, keep an eye out for these signs. They will indicate when an area offering lodging is at the next exit. They are especially helpful if you need an emergency place to stay for the night for any number of reasons.
7. Cattle Crossing
You’ll notice these signs quite often when driving through areas with expansive farmland. When you see this sign, it’s just letting you know to keep an extra close eye on the road and the land surrounding the road. You’d think that a cow would be an easy thing to spot from far away but depending on the road and the weather, they can come out of seemingly nowhere.
8. Deer Crossing
Similar to the cattle crossing sign, this road sign warns of potential deer leaping into the road. Folks in the Midwest are probably very familiar with this sign. It’s common for deer to be standing in the middle of the road or running across the road at great speeds in certain parts of the country. In areas where deer are commonly seen, be extra careful and aware when driving at night.
9. Do Not Enter
As the sign reads in the image above, these symbols are used to indicate an area where you should not be driving into, walking into, etc. It is important to note however that these signs don’t always have the text on them like the one above does. Sometimes it’s just a red circle with that thick white, horizontal bar in the center.
For further guidance on U.S. road signs, check out our previous blog focusing on the 10 U.S. Road Signs You May Not Be Familiar With. Do you have more questions about car maintenance or insurance coverage? Our team of experienced insurance agents and customer service representatives are here to help.
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