I am currently studying for my theory test whilst having driving lessons – they’re going well but I don’t want to jinx anything! My dad has just bought a new car and has offered to make some cash on his old one via Quick Sell Your Car so that I can put the money towards a little Fiat for scooting about in! I’m really excited but so very nervous as I’ve been doing a couple of online tests and the questions I seem to struggle with the most are the road signs. There is such a lot to remember and I keep getting them mixed up when they have the same colours and shapes on them. Of course practise makes perfect and I’m slowly getting better at recognising what means what!
Road signs fall into 5 categories: warnings, instructions, information, directions and road-work signs. Red circles are generally prohibitive and give instruction, warning signs are triangular whilst direction and information signs are rectangular. Road works can fall under any of these depending on the circumstances. Red outlines a warning or prohibit, blue reflects motorway instruction, yellow contains instructions and dark green is used for direction signs.
I’ll be honest here and admit that road sign imagery completely baffles me. Some of it is so immensely vague or unclear and the options on the theory test sometimes offer alternative multiple choice answers that I personally think look more reflective of the imagery used, than the actual answer. It seems strange to me that iconic road signs that everybody should be able to decode, are so oddly designed. After sifting through several online forums, it turns out I am amongst thousands of other road users who are bewildered by these mystifying signs. Then I landed on some pretty funny pages holding competitions to see who could create the most hilarious road sign interpretations – I was laughing out loud to some of these genius, photoshopped images so thought I would share a couple of my favourites with you!
15 Hilarious Road Sign Interpretations
1. “ROAD LOADING…PLEASE BE PATIENT”
I can very much see this being the future of our roads. “Why were you late into work again?” “Apologies, I was waiting for the bridge to buffer”.
2. “WATCH FOR FALLING TETRIS BLOCKS”
It’s become so much of a modern problem that the council have had to put up warning signs.
3. “INSERT COIN TO CONTINUE”
That’s the government for you.
4. “WARNING: INVISIBLE CAR”
It’s a shame the kid didn’t see the sign, let alone the car.
5. “WARNING: MAN STRUGGLING WITH UMBRELLA”
This figure is clearly no graceful Mary Poppins, but looks more like one of the unlucky women who got blown away during the flying nanny scene.
6. POTENTIAL SKIDDING = ALIEN OCTOPUS VEHICLE
Aliens. They did say they would be right under our noses.
7. “NINJA ENTRY”
When graffiti is too adorable to be annoyed by.
8. NO ENTRY TO THE BAR
Looks like we’re barred from this road.
9. “STOP – HAMMER TIME!”
Who could resist this 90s classic. Go on, grab your parachute pants!
10. BUT ‘NO NAME’ IS ITS NAME…
11. PREACHERS AHEAD
A very common roadside attraction for the eager and religious traveller.
12. THE SCHOOL WITH THE LOWEST SUCCESS RATE
They’ve already gone into administration due to their poor GCSE results.
13. SIGNAGE COMPOSITION MEANT EVERYTHING ON THIS POST
That was some smart placement
14. SOTP. THEN GET READY TO OG.
That’s the last time you don’t proofread your work.
15. A GREAT TIP…
…So, where is Tahquitz Canyon?