Road Sign Colors: What You Need to Know
Color is an important part of road signs today. Many drivers know what a sign means simply by its color. Here’s a rundown of some of the more common colors and examples of signs you might see on the road:
Yellow SignsThese are warning signs, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT), that tell you to keep your eyes on the road ahead. Warning signs might indicate something as simple as a right turn, but they can also alert drivers to an advisory speed on an exit ramp or a deer or cattle crossing.
Blue SignsThese can indicate information, guidance, an evacuation route or services along the roadway, says the DOT. If you’re looking for a hospital, food, gas, lodging or a rest area, be on the lookout for signs that are blue.
Brown SignsBrown signs are meant to help guide you toward recreational sites or places of cultural interest, according to the DOT. Picnic areas, hiking trails, museums, swimming areas and fishing piers are all destinations that might be found by following brown signs.
Fluorescent Yellow-Green SignsThese types of signs warn you about foot traffic, as well as schools, school buses and bicycles, says the DOT. Examples include pedestrian and handicapped crossings, as well as a playground or school crosswalk on the road ahead.
Green SignsGreen signs provide directional guidance or information about your location, notes the DOT. You’ll find mile markers, exit signs and information telling you how far you are from a destination on green signs.
Orange SignsConstruction and other temporary traffic changes are often indicated with orange signs, the DOT notes. These types of signs may tell you that there’s utility work ahead or indicate that an exit is closed. Other orange signs might provide warnings about slow traffic or that there’s road work on a particular stretch of road.
Red SignsYou know a stop sign is red, but signs that indicate a multi-way stop and yield signs can be red as well, the DOT says.
White SignsWhite signs generally dictate some sort of regulation, meaning that they’re a guide that tells you what you can and cannot do, according to the DOT. Do Not Enter and No U-Turn signs are often white, as well as signs that indicate one-way traffic and high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
Now you know a little more about the colors of road signs so you can better navigate the road ahead.
Originally published on May 22, 2013.