What do Different Traffic Signages mean?

Traffic signs come in various shapes and colors, and it communicates an important message to make driving safer and more accessible. The shape and colors of traffic signs have specific meanings, and you must recognize them immediately.

Traffic signs can be classified as Regulatory, Warning, and Guidance. You can find below the description and samples of each sign per classification.


Regulatory signs are used to reinforce traffic laws, regulations, or requirements, which always apply either or at specified times or places upon a street or highway. You can get a violation if you disregard the regulatory signs.

Regulatory signs include Stop Signs, Yield Signs, Speed Limit Signs, Do Not Enter, Handicapped, One Way Signs, and HOV Signs…


Warnings signs alert the pedestrians or drivers on the potentially dangerous conditions that require special attention. It may be a warning for changes in road layout or anticipate something up ahead such as a curve, sideroad, road closure, school zone, etc.

The warnings signs usually have a yellow or orange background with black symbols or letters on a diamond-shaped or rectangular sign.


Guide signs inform you where you are, give directional information, and tell you of nearby attractions and places of interest. Whether you are traveling by street, roadway, or highway, this signage helps guide you to your destination.

Guide signs include highway route markers, street signs, mile markers, exit signs, toll road signs, etc.

Whether you are a driver or a pedestrian, you must know the meanings of the signs, as many signs apply to drivers and pedestrians.

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