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Road signs are a major part of road safety in Australia, and are designed to be quick to read and easy to understand.
The majority of road signs can be categorised into three main groups: regulatory, warning and information. Here in Australia, we also have specific animal road signs.
Refresh your knowledge of Australia’s road signs and understand the meaning to keep you safe on the road.
These types of road signs control traffic and must be adhered to while driving. They are almost always red and/or black on a white background.
Here is a list of regulatory signs:
These road signs will alert you to any possible dangers ahead. They are usually yellow with black symbols or letters and (mostly) diamond in shape. There are two types of warning signs: permanent and temporary.
Permanent warning signs
These road signs will make you aware of any upcoming road conditions. This can indicate the presence of people, animals, or a hidden change in the road. They are usually placed at the start of an area of caution.
DIP – unexpected or hidden dip in the road
Winding road – sometimes this road sign will have a recommended speed limit written underneath the symbol
Steep downhill slope ahead – take care when braking
T-intersection – prepare to slow down, stop, and give way
Temporary warning signs
These road signs alert drivers of any temporary road hazards. This may include roadworks, road accidents, fallen trees or floods. They are always placed at the start of an area where extra caution is needed.
Left lane closed
Temporary warning triangle – alerting an incident ahead (accident or road blockage)
These road signs supply you with information that you’ll need for a road trip like distances, state highway numbers and road conditions. These signs are normally a rectangle shape and vary in size and colour.
These special signs are reserved for large road trains that are supported by pilot vehicles. These heavy vehicles usually carry very large loads on public roads and rely on special signage to signal to driver’s that they should slow down until it’s safe enough to drive at a normal speed.
Australian animal road signs
These road signs will alert you to any animal that you may encounter on Australian roads. Australia has a large amount of animals that can cause an accident while on the road. Similar to warning signs, animal road signs are usually yellow with black letters and symbols.
Here is a list of animal road signs:
Special road signs by state
Road signs and their rules can vary in different Australian states so it’s important to follow the rules according to the state you’re currently in.