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Are you more street-wise than the average UK driver? How many of these 15 road signs can YOU identify?

A NUMBER of British drivers struggle to identify what all of our road signs mean. Despite learning them when they first got their licence, far too many motorists have forgotten what even the most b…


A NUMBER of British drivers struggle to identify what all of our road signs mean.

Despite learning them when they first got their licence, far too many motorists have forgotten what even the most basic road markers are trying to tell us.

How many of these road signs can you identify correctly?

As many as three-quarters of Brits can no longer recall all of the signs set out in the Highway Code.

Most commonly, signs involving bridges, loading zones and no motor vehicles pose the most trouble for those behind the wheel.

In attempt to make life easier for drivers, the signs set out in the Highway Code are separated into three different shapes to represent a specific purpose.

Circular signs are there to give order, triangles will always contain a warning, and rectangular signs intend to inform drivers with current road information or tell them what is ahead.

A lack of knowledge in understanding road signs can mean danger for yourself and other road users - misinterpreting what a sign is trying to tell you can cause an accident, making it crucial that drivers have a solid grasp on the indicators set out in the Highway Code.

Read on to see how many of the following road signs you can correctly identify, and which ones you need to brush up on.

1. All motor vehicles prohibited

The Highway Code

The hollow red circle means that all vehicles are prohibited on the road ahead, except bicycles being pushed by pedestrians

2. End of minimum speed

Alamy

A blue speed indicator with a red line through it means that the minimum speed zone shown ends after that point

3. Level crossing without barrier or gate ahead

Alamy

The red triangle with a train symbol indicates that a level crossing is approaching, and it is not closed off by a barrier or gate

4. Cross winds

Alamy

The wind sock symbol warns drivers of strong cross winds on the road ahead

5. 'Give Way' ahead

The upside-down triangle on grey warns drivers a give way area is approaching

6. National speed limit

The Highway Code

Drivers must observe the national speed limit dependent on the type of road. They are: 30mph for built-up urban roads, 60mph for single carriageway roads, and 70mph for dual carriageways and motorways

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7. Explosives

The Highway Code

No vehicles carrying explosives are permitted past the point of this sign

8. Hazard ahead

The dotted road gives an indication that there is a hazard ahead - further signs will direct drivers what to do

9. Uneven road

The Highway Code

Drivers are warned that the road surface ahead is uneven

10. No buses

The Highway Code

This sign indicates that no buses or vehicles with more than eight passenger seats are permitted on the road ahead

11. Moving bridge ahead

The Highway Code

This sign indicates that an opening or swinging bridge forms part of the road ahead

12. Soft verges

The Highway Code

The lopsided car tells drivers that the road's verges are softer than the road surface up ahead. A plate under the sign will inform drivers of the distance this applies for

13. Multiple routes

The Highway Code

Arrows pointing on mirrored angles indicate that vehicles may pass either side to reach the same destination

14. Cameras in area

The Highway Code

This symbol indicates that the surrounding area utilises cameras to enforce traffic regulations

15. Clearway

The Highway Code

A red cross on blue background shows that the area is a clearway, and no stopping is permitted at any time

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