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Traffic Signs & Symbols. Road Signs. Street Signs. Traffic Signals

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01. Color meaning of traffic signs and symbols including road signs, street signs, and highway signs
02. Shape meaning of traffic signs and symbols
 including road signs, street signs, and highway signs
03. Color meaning of traffic signal lights

04. Color meaning of flashing traffic signal lights

05. A complete list of
 traffic signs, road signs, street signs, highway signs, and traffic symbols including: Guide, recreational, regulatory, road construction, and warning signs with meanings and pictures (in alphabetical a-z order).

Traffic signs and symbols including road signs, street signs, highway signs, and traffic signals are necessary for controlling traffic flow and alerting drivers of traffic rules and regulations. They make highways and streets safer for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. Commonly referred to as road sings and street signs, traffic signs and symbols often work in combination with traffic signals and they come in different shapes, colors, and have different written messages which help drivers understand their information as they approach them.

Understanding the meaning of the various United States (USA) traffic signs and signals is an essential part of passing a DMV test for the attainment of a motorcycle permit or a motorcycle license, driving safely, and obeying the traffic laws. If you don't know what are the road signs or what are the traffic signals review the following chart or scroll all the way down to review a FREE and comprehensive list of the traffic signs, road signs, street signs, and traffic symbols with pictures and their meanings.


01. Color meaning of traffic signs and symbols including road signs, street signs, and highway signs

The colors of traffic signs and symbols can be grouped in to 7 categories. Colors are particularly important and useful at a distance since they hint drivers with the kind of information they can expect from that particular sign as they approach it.

Red Traffic Signs, Road Signs, and Street Signs 
Red traffic signs, road signs, and street signs usually require drivers to take immediate action to avoid threats to traffic safety, such as "No Parking Any Time" traffic signs.

No Parking Any Time Traffic Sign

Yellow or Fluorescent Yellow-Green Traffic Signs, Road Signs, and Street Signs 
Yellow or fluorescent yellow-green traffic signs, road signs, and street signs usually alert drivers of nearby school zones, and specific road conditions as well as hazards ahead, such as "Merging Lane" traffic signs.

Merging Lane Traffic Sign

White Traffic Signs, Road Signs, and Street Signs 
White traffic signs, road signs, and street signs usually show traffic regulations that drivers must obey by law such as "Right Turn Only" traffic signs.

Right Turn Only Traffic Sign

Orange Traffic Signs, Road Signs, and Street Signs
Orange traffic signs, road signs, and street signs usually warn drivers of conditions ahead due to highway construction and maintenance. Warning signs are enforced by law and include "Road Work Ahead" traffic signs.

Road Work Ahead Traffic Sign

Green Traffic Signs, Road Signs, and Street Signs
Green traffic signs, road signs, and street signs usually indicate distance to upcoming destinations, highway entrances, highway exits, and directions.

Exit Traffic Sign

Blue Traffic Signs, Road Signs, and Street Signs
Blue traffic signs, road signs, and street signs usually display useful information to drivers such as upcoming gas stations, hotels, telephones, hospitals, restaurants, and general amenities.

Telephone Traffic Sign

Brown Traffic Signs, Road Signs, and Street Signs
Brown traffic signs, road signs, and street signs usually display informations that indicates recreational estates and parks.

Camping Traffic Sign


02. Shape meaning of traffic signs and symbols including road signs, street signs, and highway signs

The signs on the road must be easily identified at a distance therefore, the shapes of traffic signs and symbols have been grouped in to eight categories. The shape of a traffic sign is important and useful because it hints drivers with the kind of information they can expect from that particular sign as they approach it.

Round Road Signs, Street Signs, and Traffic Signs
Round or circular road signs, street signs, and traffic signs indicate railroad crossings.

Railroad Crossing Traffic Sign

Equilateral Triangle Road Signs, Street Signs, and Traffic Signs
Triangular road signs, street signs, and traffic signs indicate drivers to yield and or to slow down or stop as you approach a merging lane or an intersection.

Yield Traffic Sign 

Pennant Road Signs, Street Signs, and Traffic Signs
Pennant-shaped road signs, street signs, and traffic signs warn drivers not to pass other vehicles. Usually located on the left side of the road.

No Passing Zone Traffic Sign

Square Road Signs, Street Signs, and Traffic Signs
Square road signs, street signs, and traffic signs usually display regulations that drivers must obey by law. These traffic signs may indicate what to do or what not to do. Signs indicating what not to do will have a red circle with a diagonal line over the black symbol.

No U-Turn Traffic Sign

Rectangular Road Signs, Street Signs, and Traffic Signs
Rectangular road signs, street signs, and traffic signs usually indicate traffic regulations that drivers must obey by law. A common example is "Left Turn Yield on Green" traffic signs.

Left Turn Yield On Green Traffic Sign

Diamond Road Signs, Street Signs, and Traffic Signs
Diamond-shaped road signs, street signs, and traffic signs warn drivers of upcoming road conditions and hazards such as "Winding Road Ahead" traffic signs.

Winding Road Traffic Sign

Pentagon Road Signs, Street Signs, and Traffic Signs
Five-sided road signs, street signs, and traffic signs tell drivers that they are driving in or near a school zone where children may be present and where children may unexpectedly cross the street or road.

School Zone Traffic Sign

Octagon Road Signs, Street Signs, and Traffic Signs
Eight-sided road signs, street signs, and traffic signs are commonly known as stop signs and are found at intersections where they warn drivers to make a complete stop and yield in the appropriate right-of-way.

Stop Traffic Sign


03. Color meaning of traffic signal lights

Traffic signals as well as stop lights and stop signs are used to manage traffic flow and indicate drivers right-of-way at pedestrian crossings, ramps, and intersections.

Driving Through an Intersection With a Traffic Signal

Red Light in Traffic Signals
A red light in a traffic signal means that it is someone else's right-of-way and you must make a complete stop, example below.

Red Traffic Signal

Yellow Light in Traffic Signals
A yellow light in a traffic signal indicates that your right-of-way is about to end, example below.

Yellow Traffic Signal

Green Light in Traffic Signals
A green light in a traffic signal means that you have the right-of-way, it means "go" as long as there aren't any vehicles or pedestrians crossing the intersection, example below.

Green Traffic Signal

Turning Through an Intersection With a Traffic Signal

Red Arrow in Traffic Signals
A red arrow in a traffic signal means that it is someone else's right-of-way and you must make a complete stop.

Yellow Arrow in Traffic Signals
A yellow arrow in a traffic signal indicates that your right-of-way is about to end.

Green Arrow in Traffic Signals
A green arrow in a traffic signal means that you have the right-of-way, it means that you can turn through the intersection as long as there aren't any vehicles or pedestrians crossing.


04. Color meaning of flashing traffic signal lights

Red Flashing Lights in a Traffic Signal or displayed by a School Bus
Red flashing lights in a traffic signal or displayed by a school bus are equivalent to a stop sign. It means that you must come to a complete stop. 

Red Flashing Lights in Other Places
Red flashing lights at an intersection where cross traffic is not required to stop indicate that you may only drive through the intersection when it is safe to do so, when it is clear, and when you do not interfere with the right-of-way of cross traffic.

Yellow Flashing Lights
Yellow flashing lights on the road or at an intersection indicate drivers that you must slow down with caution. Yellow flash lights means that cross traffic is required to yield the right-of-way to you but you should also beware for crossing vehicles and pedestrians.


05. A complete list of traffic signs, road signs, street signs, highway signs, and traffic symbols including: Guide, recreational, regulatory, road construction, and warning signs with meanings and pictures (in alphabetical a-z order).

Guide and Recreational Traffic Road Signs (A-Z)

Airport Road SignAirport Road Sign

Bike Route Road SignBike Route Road Sign 

Camping Road SignCamping Road Sign 

Carpool Lane Entrance Road SignCarpool Lane Entrance Road Sign 

Disabled Road SignDisabled Road Sign 

Divided Road Miles Ahead Road SignDivided Road Miles Ahead Road Sign 

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Road SignElectric Vehicle Charging Station Road Sign 

Exit Road signExit Road Sign 

Hospital Road SignHospital Road Sign 

North South East West Road SignNorth South East West Road Sign 

Park Road SignPark Road Sign 

Telephone Road SignTelephone Road Sign 

Trolley Road SignTrolley Road Sign 


Regulatory Traffic Road Signs (A-Z)

Bike Lane Road SignBike Lane Road Sign  

Bus Carpool Lane Ahead Road SignBus Carpool Lane Ahead Road Sign

Carpool Violation Minimum Fine Road SignCarpool Violation Minimum Fine Road Sign 

Center or Left Turn Lane Road SignCenter or Left Turn Lane Road Sign 

Center or Right Turn Lane Road SignCenter or Right Turn Lane Road Sign 

Do Not Enter Road SignDo Not Enter Road Sign 

Do Not Pass Road SignDo Not Pass Road Sign 

Emergency Parking Only Road SignEmergency Parking Only Road Sign 

Keep Left Road SignKeep Left Road Sign 

Keep Right Road SignKeep Right Road Sign 

Left or U-Turn Road SignLeft or U-Turn Road Sign 

Left Turn On Green Road SignLeft Turn Yield On Green Road Sign 

No Left Turn Road SignNo Left Turn Road Sign 

No Parking Any Time Road SignNo Parking Any Time Road Sign 

No Parking Road SignNo Parking Road Sign 

No Turn On Red Road SignNo Turn On Red Road Sign  

No Turns Road SignNo Turns Road Sign

No U-Turn Road SignNo U-Turn Road Sign 

One Way Road SignOne Way Road Sign 

Push Button To Cross Road SignPush Button To Cross Road Sign 

Rail Road Crossing Road SignRail Road Crossing Road Sign 

Right Lane Must Exit Road SignRight Lane Must Exit Road Sign 

Right Lane Must Turn Right Road SignRight Lane Must Turn Right Road Sign 

Right Turn Only Road SignRight Turn Only Road Sign 

Slower Traffic Keep Right Road SignSlower Traffic Keep Right Road Sign 

Slower Traffic Use Turnouts Road SignSlower Traffic Use Turnouts Road Sign 

Speed Limit Road SignSpeed Limit Road Sign 

Stop Sign Road SignStop Road Sign 

Turning Traffic Must Yield To Pedestrian Road SignTurning Traffic Must Yield To Pedestrians Road Sign 

Turnout in a Quarter of a Mile Road SignTurnout in a Quarter of a Mile Road Sign 

Two Way Left Turn Road SignTwo Way Left Turn Road Sign 

Two Way Traffic Ahead Road SignTwo Way Traffic Ahead Road Sign 

Wrong Way Road SignWrong Way Road Sign 

Yield To Uphill Traffic Road SignYield To Uphill Traffic Road Sign 

Yield Road SignYield Road Sign 


Road Construction Traffic Street Signs (A-Z)

Detour Street SignDetour Street Sign 

Flagman Ahead Street SignFlagman Ahead Street Sign 

Lane Closed Street SignLane Closed Street Sign 

Loose Gravel Street SignLoose Gravel Street Sign 

No Shoulder Street SignNo Shoulder Street Sign 

One Lane Road Ahead Street SignOne Lane Road Ahead Street Sign 

Ramp Closed Street SignRamp Closed Street Sign 

Road Closed Ahead Street SignRoad Closed Ahead Street Sign 

Road Work Ahead Street SignRoad Work Ahead Street Sign 

Road Work Next X MilesRoad Work Next X Miles Street Sign 

Shoulder Work Ahead Street SignShoulder Work Ahead Street Sign 

Slow Moving Vehicle Ahead Street SignSlow Moving Vehicle Street Sign 

Use Next Exit Street SignUse Next Exit Street Sign 

Workers Present Street SignWorkers Present Street Sign 


Warning Traffic Street Signs (A-Z)

Bicycle Traffic Street SignBicycle Traffic Street Sign 

Cross Traffic Ahead Street SignCross Traffic Ahead Street Sign 

Crossroad Street SignCrossroad or Intersection Ahead Street Sign 

Directional Arrow Street SignDirectional Arrow Street Sign 

Divided Highway Street SignDivided Highway Ahead Street Sign 

End Freeway In Half Mile Street SignEnd Freeway In Half Mile Street Sign  

Fewer Lanes Ahead Street SignFewer Lanes Ahead Street Sign

Flooded Street SignFlooded Ahead Street Sign 

Four Tracks Street SignFour Tracks Street Sign 

Lane Ends Merge Left Street SignLane Ends Ahead Merge Left Street Sign 

Merging Lane Street SignMerging Lane Ahead Street Sign 

Narrow Bridge Street SignNarrow Bridge Street Sign 

No Passing Zone Street SignNo Passing Zone Street Sign 

Pavement Ends Street SignPavement Ends Ahead Street Sign  

Pedestrians Traffic Street SignPedestrians Traffic or Crossing Street Sign

Railroad Crossing Street SignRailroad Crossing Street Sign 

Right Turn Street SignRight Turn Ahead Street Sign 

Road Narrows Street SignRoad Narrows Street Sign 

Rough Road Street SignRough Road Street Sign 

School Bus Stop Street SignSchool Bus Stop X Ft Street Sign 

School Zone Street SignSchool Zone Street Sign 

Sharp Turn Reduce Speed Street SignSharp Turn Ahead Reduce Speed Street Sign 

Signal Ahead Street SignSignal Ahead Street Sign 

Slide Area Street SignSlide Area Ahead Street Sign 

Slippery Road Street SignSlippery Road Ahead Street Sign 

Slope Ahead Street SignSlope Ahead Street Sign 

Soft Shoulder Street SignSoft Shoulder Street Sign 

Stop Ahead Street SignStop Ahead Street Sign 

T-Intersection Street SignT-Intersection Ahead Street Sign 

Thru Traffic Merge Left Street SignThru Traffic Merge Left Ahead Street Sign  

Traffic Signal Street SignTraffic Signal Ahead Street Sign

Truck Rollover Reduce Speed Street SignTruck Rollover Reduce Speed Ahead Street Sign 

Two Way Traffic Street SignTwo Way Traffic Ahead Street Sign 

Winding Road Street SignWinding Road Ahead Street Sign 

Yield Ahead Street SignYield Ahead Street Sign