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Misunderstood road signs and confused motorists

Road signs can be confusing at the best of times, and they're easy to misinterpret. Just be thankful you don't have to deal with these weird road signs from around the world.

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Sign language: misunderstood road signs and confused motorists

It's a confusing world out there on the road. For many motorists, the roadside signs and signals that direct traffic only make it worse.

Some people might not have a clue what a sign means, or worse, some might interpret a sign to mean exactly its opposite.

Motorists puzzled by basic road signs

Confused out on the roads

Though road signs may seem straightforward, most people say they're confused by even the most basic signs.

Two-thirds of motorists are confused by basic road signs on a daily basis.

One in three motorists say road signs are so confusing they often just follow the car in front of them.

Ignoring confusing signs

When motorists are confused by road signs they simply ignore them.

More than half ignore confusing road signs.

One in 20 motorists confess they never notice road signs.

Misunderstanding basic road signs

Even the most basic road signs can baffle motorists. Consider these popular signs and some of the ways people interpret them.

"Give way" road signs

  • 50% didn't know what the sign meant.
  • One in 20 believe it signals they should roll down their windows and listen for approaching vehicles.

"No motor vehicles allowed" signs

  • One in three believe it means only cars and motorbikes are allowed.

"No waiting" signs

  • More than half think it means "no entry" or "no parking"

"End of 30 mph speed limit" signs

  • One in four believe it means they're not allowed to drive below 30 mph.

Bizarre road signs from around the world

With so many road signs in existence can you really know what they all mean? Here are some of the bizarre real-life signs you'll find around the world.