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Melanie Musson is the fourth generation in her family to work in the insurance industry. She grew up with insurance talk as part of her everyday conversation and has studied to gain an in-depth knowledge of state-specific car insurance laws and dynamics as well as a broad understanding of how insurance fits into every person’s life, from budgets to coverage levels. She also specializes in automa...

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UPDATED: Mar 13, 2020

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How smart of a driver are you? Can you pass a simple road sign test? You may be surprised how many people fail a road sign test. While it’s true that the red, yellow and green lights haven’t changed and the stop sign is pretty consistent where ever you go, not all road signs are created equal. Some even look the same but mean vastly different things.

The T Crossing Sign

This is not your first initial or a yellow sign indicating Tom lives around the corner. The yellow T road sign means you are approaching a road with incoming traffic. While many of these roads may have a stop sign or 3 way stop many simply have a yield sign so you need to be prepared for possible oncoming traffic from your left and right sides. If you are thinking about falling asleep at the wheel then this is probably not the best place to do it .. of course, you should never do it anyway but just in case you were looking for a place to nap.

Slippery When Wet

Jon Bon Jovi may seem to be everywhere but no state or government has officially released a Bon Jovi road sign (yet). While this is one of the cute road signs around it’s also one that all drivers should take very seriously. Not only are the roads ahead potentially wet but very few other drivers actually know how to drive in the rain. One day someone will add a passenger with a dunce cap to this road sign but for now just be prepared to slow down, drive with caution and remember that all other drivers are idiots.

The Roundabout Road Sign

The bad news is this sign does not indicate where to drop off your recycling. The good news is that roundabouts are kind of fun. They certainly break up the monotony of city traffic and even help control traffic flow (especially in residential areas). However you have to pay attention and remember that there are probably several entrances to this roundabout and some people drive through these like an amusement park ride. Slow down, always be on the lookout for pedestrians and be prepared to yield to other drivers who think they just entered a race track.

Road Narrows Ahead Road Sign

We are not sure what to think of this road sign at first glance. Is it the footprint of a spider or a cool logo for an alien spaceship? Apparently it’s neither (no fun) but a road sign indicating the road is about to narrow ahead. This means you have to wake up and prepare for a lane closer to the size of those European roads millions of people have no problem driving but Americans tend to complain about. Your car can still fit so there is no need to call the DMV and request someone to widen the road, just slow down, keep 2 hands on the wheel and you will get through it.

Playground Road Sign

If you don’t know what this sign means then please voluntarily revoke your driver license now. Every day millions of children love to play on streets and our cities are filed with beautiful parks and playgrounds where bunches of the little beings come to play. This road sign indicate there is a playground up ahead and you do not need another sign to tell you to slow down. Children are precious, your driving license not so much. Proceed with caution and everybody will have a good day.

No Right Turn on Red

Did you know you can make a right turn on a red light?

Yes, apparently that is a basic 101 of driving but millions of you don’t seem to understand it. The irony here is that when the sign actually says a right turn on a red light is illegal many still do it. Why, how long is a traffic light? 2 minutes .. maybe 3?

Relax, roll down your window, wait for the light to turn green and then take your right turn on the red light. You may just end up saving a life.

Firetruck Crossing Road Sign

Firemen save lives. You probably don’t. It is really as simple as that. This yellow road sign (with guess what …. a fire truck) is telling you to be on alert for a fire truck crossing. There quite possible is a fire station ahead and fire trucks routinely come in and go out of the fire station. While some firehouses have dedicated lights others have road signs to help all drivers participate in the fun of seeing a big flashy red engine. When in doubt remember what we said “Firemen save lives. You probably don’t.”

Farm Equipment Road Sign

John Deere is much more famous than the DMV (and their toys a lot more fun) however this yellow road sign is not a subliminal ad for you to buy a tractor. Farm equipment has to cross roads and highways at times also and very few have an engine to compete your V8. Any slow moving vehicle can pose a serious risk to you, other drivers and the Farmer riding his toy so slow down, always be looking for farm equipment entering the road and be prepared to stop, yield or maybe even buy some fresh corn.

Falling Rocks Road Sign

This road sign looks a cool version of Tetris but falling rocks hurt a lot more than striking out on your iPhone. In some areas falling rocks are a major source of car accidents and these signs are typically not placed where a few pebbles fall every now and then. A rolling rock can take out your car and even be fatal in some circumstances. Slow down, open your eyes and look for safer ground when you can. If you really feel the urge to play Tetris than you also should wait until you are out of the car.

Deer Crossing Road Sign

Deers are so cute. Almost feels like you are in a zoo when a deer crossing road sign appears; however trust us when we say you are probably not in a zoo. Deers are fast and heavy creatures who really have no idea who you are, nor really care. They can run across the street in seconds and write off your Lamborghini in a flash, only to get up and magically bounce away. You probably won’t be as lucky in a deer car accident as many often lead to serious or fatal injuries. Never underestimate the caution needed whenever a deer (or moose) crossing sign is around.

Cow Crossing Road Sign

This road sign almost seems like there would be a great steakhouse around but sadly it’s not an advertisement for dinner. The traffic police are telling you to watch out for cows. Cows are big. Cows are slow. Cows will crunch your car. If you hit a cow you will never forget it and may not even live to tell about it. Slow down and respect these animals as you are now trespassing on their home turf and you don’t want to mess with them.

Airport Road Sign

Let’s fly away to that dream spot and never come back…. STOP! This is not time for dreaming. You need to be aware that an airport is around which probably means a lot of people exiting, some low gliding aircraft which may just happen to startle you and even some flashing lights at nighttime. Don’t worry, it’s not an episode of the X-files but just a typical airport area where planes come and go every day. You will be safe, just proceed with caution and if somebody is driving like they have 3 minutes to catch their flight please let them pass!

Did you Pass?

While some of these road signs may seem obvious, many people who take this test never achieve 100%. Anything less is a fail in our opinion as the right to drive is a privilege and we need to respect the rules of the road for our safety and the safety of others. However, we do vote for Bon Jovi to have their own road sign one day.