The purpose of traffic signs

The Purpose of Traffic Signs

If you commute regularly, there’s no doubt that you experience construction signs regularly along your route. Traffic signs are utilized as a method of warning and guiding drivers, helping to regulate the flow of traffic among vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles and others who travel the streets, highways and other roadways.

All road traffic signs, construction signs, and parking lot signs are intended to convey a clear, yet simple message. The signs should always be prominent enough to command attention and placed in a manner that gives drivers adequate time to respond to the command.

Before traffic signs are placed, municipalities will commission an engineering study to gauge its necessity and usefulness in a particular location. After all, no one would want to travel roadways where signs are placed haphazardly and without just cause. Doing so would eventually cause some drivers to fail to respect the traffic signs, possibly causing traffic incidents instead of preventing them.

Traffic signs are consistent from one municipality to another – the reason is simple. Let’s say, for example, that a driver is travelling across several states. Construction signs in Texas conform to the same design as construction signs in Colorado (or any other state, for that matter), so that the messaging is not confusing when a driver is operating in unfamiliar regions.

Going back to their overall purpose for a moment, road traffic signs in Colorado are placed for the purpose of warning drivers and maintaining a steady traffic flow; inconsistent messaging would make that difficult (if not entirely impossible) in a highly mobile society with motor vehicle operators travelling unfamiliar regions every single day.

Following are just a few of the types of traffic signs currently utilized:

  • Regulatory Signs: An example of regulatory signs are speed limit, No U-Turn, One-Way, No Parking and Road Closed signs. They regulate the speed and flow of traffic and parking.
  • Warning Signs: Warning signs are bright yellow and serve to warn drivers of such things as merging traffic, railroad and bicycle crossings and traffic signals ahead.
  • School Signs: School signs warn drivers that a school is nearby, directing them to drop their speeds and to watch for children and pedestrians.

When construction companies, cities, HOA’s, and other groups in Colorado need traffic signs & custom parking lot signs, Connecting Signs offers a wide range of sign solutions. Our team will be happy to provide you with consulting services, should you need them, as well as a full line of standard and one-of-a-kind custom traffic and parking lot signs for your project.