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Drivers confused by road signs

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New research has shown British drivers get confused by basic traffic signs with two thirds of motorists admitting they lack knowledge when it comes to road signs.

Road signs are found on roads all around the UK to alert drivers of possible restrictions and limits they have to keep to whilst driving.

The signs are there for a reason, they help to prevent accidents and help to control the flow of traffic.

Recent research has proven that many drivers in the UK feel they are confused or don’t know what signs mean with some ignoring them.

Knowing specific road signs is an essential part of a driving test that all drivers are required to take. Reading the Highway Code is also a book that needs to be read and understood in order to pass the required theory test.

Signs that have been introduced can sometimes be self explanatory causing worry for people who can’t figure out what they mean.

The research was carried out by oil company Castrol which revealed what motorists actually know about road signs that they come across on a daily basis.

The findings showed that 1 in 20 motorists confessed they never take notice of highway signs leading this to being a potential danger for the driver and other people on the roads.

It also highlighted that 3% of drivers said that their confusion about road signs led them to be involved in an accident and shockingly a third believed ‘no motor vehicles allowed’ meant that only motorbikes and cars were allowed but it actually means the opposite.

More than half also thought the ‘no waiting’ sign meant ‘no entry’ or ‘no parking’ and one in three believed diversion signs were not applicable to cars and were instead for truck drivers.

Alarmingly half of the drivers that took part in the survey admitted to not looking at the Highway Code since they took their theory test.

The theory test was first introduced in 1996 which combines a multiple choice exam to test the knowledge of the driver with road signs and general questions that are all featured in the Highway Code and there must be a pass rate of 43 out of 50.

It is being called upon for new measures to be put into place to tackle the problem that the research has highlighted.

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By Amanda Bainbridge