When street signs don’t work


Street signs are supposed to help drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and all patrons that use the streets – not confuse them. And unfortunately, there are always a few of these useless street signs that do anything but guide street patrons for correct conduct. Here are just a few prime examples of how you shouldn’t be creating and installing your street signs:

Too much of nothing is bad enough

“Where am I?” “Where am I going?” “How far are we?” “How fast should I go?” – These are common questions that come up when driving outside of metropolitan areas, where there is usually a lack of road signs. Each state in Australia has their own rules when it comes to what speed to drive in areas without specific speed road signs. But for your questions of location while on the road, you will have to depend on your map. Luckily in this day and age, we do have maps available via mobile internet. But if you are unlucky and outside of the mobile signal range, you will have to keep driving until you find the next sign.

Too much of something is just as tough

Even you, a stationary reader, would need to divert all your attention to these signs to actually comprehend what it says. In reality, there will probably be more traffic created in this area. This is because drivers would need to stop their vehicles to try and read these signs.

Hide and seek is not appropriate on the roads

When you are seriously lost (or running really) late while driving, the last thing you want is a road sign hiding from you. The road is not a playground; such spaces are high traffic areas with numerous risks and hazards. If you are going to put up a road sign to reduce the risk of accidents, make sure it can be seen!

It’s just wrong

Making space for a maximum 8-seater taxi is a different expectation to leaving room for a bus that carries up to 50 people. If you are driving neither a bus nor taxi, just stay out of these areas. But for taxi and bus drivers, good luck arguing over which vehicle has rights to this area.

So for the health and safety of the general public, please create and install your signs with proper rationale. In all seriousness, it is important that your signs actually make sense as well as adhere to the traffic rules and regulations of your state and council. If you need good examples of effective road and traffic signs.