Traffic Signs and Symbols in India

Last Updated on June 18, 2019 by admin

Save Yourself by Learning Traffic Signs and Symbols

Traffic signs and symbols are really important knowledge for all to be sure that they’re safe on Roads. These traffic signs and symbols will be there to present the essential advice to the driver in the track ahead and confirm there’s not any needless trouble in traffic.

India has the highest road accident in the world so it is important that you know traffic signs and symbols. Most urban roads and state highways have signs in the state language and English.  National highways have signs in the state language, Hindi and English.

Road safety signs are mainly of three types:

1. Mandatory Signs

With the wisdom of these Mandatory Signs, the drivers have to understand more about the prohibitions along with the regulations and rules. If anyone violates these rules, it’s regarded as an offense and attracts heavy fines and punishments.

Stop STOP: This sign indicates that you to stop your vehicle here, Usually Police, and toll authorities use this signs.
no entryNO ENTRY: Vehicle is not allowed to go ahead.
one wayONE WAY: You can go in this direction but incoming from other side is prohibited
one way 2 ONE WAY: You can not go in this direction but incoming from other side is allowed
VEHICLES PROHIBITED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS VEHICLES PROHIBITED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS
ALL MOTOR VEHICLES PROHIBITEDALL MOTOR VEHICLES PROHIBITED: Mean you can not bring any vehicle in this area
TRUCK PROHIBITEDTRUCK PROHIBITED: Truck in not allowed in this area.
BULLOCK CART PROHIBITEDBULLOCK CART PROHIBITED: Bullock cart is not allowed in this area.
Give WayGIVE WAY: This sign direct the traffic to give way to the fellow traffic on your right side.
CYCLE PROHIBITEDCYCLE PROHIBITED: You can not run Cycle on this street or road.
PEDESTRIANS PROHIBITEDPEDESTRIANS PROHIBITED: It is usually installed where alternative crossings are available
RIGHT TURN PROHIBITEDRIGHT TURN PROHIBITED: This signs instruct driver not to turn towards right side in any situation.
LEFT TURN PROHIBITEDLEFT TURN PROHIBITED: This signs instruct driver not to turn towards left side in any situation.
U-TURN PROHIBITEDU-TURN PROHIBITED: It is forbidden to take a U turn with the vehicle.
OVERTAKING PROHIBITEDOVERTAKING PROHIBITED: This sign is installed, where overtaking can cause danger.
HORN PROHIBITEDHORN PROHIBITED: This sign directs driver to respect the silence zone and not to use horn.
NO STOPPING OR STANDINGNO STOPPING OR STANDING: Any vehicle stopping at these places could meet an accident and also a penal action.
NO PARKINGNO PARKING: Any vehicle standing here is towed away and the occupier is considered liable for punitive action.
SPEED LIMIT SPEED LIMIT: To avoid accidents and punitive action, the specified limit should be followed strictly.

2.Cautionary Signs

All these are the street signs from India which are created to notify the motorist about the possible dangers. Although violation of these road signs does not attract any legal action but avoiding them could result in major accidents.

RIGHT HAND CURVERIGHT HAND CURVE: This sign alerts you about a Right Hand Curve on the road ahead. It helps you to drive accordingly.
LEFT HAND CURVELEFT HAND CURVE: This sign alerts you about a Left Hand Curve on the road ahead.
RIGHT HAIR PIN BANDRIGHT HAIR PIN BAND: This sign alerts you about a sharp right turn on the road ahead.
LEFT HAIR PIN BANDLEFT HAIR PIN BAND: This sign alerts you about a sharp left turn on the road ahead.
NARROW ROAD AHEADNARROW ROAD AHEAD: This sign alerts the driver to be careful as the road ahead is narrow.
ROAD WIDENS AHEADROAD WIDENS AHEAD: It shows that the road ahead is wide.
NARROW BRIDGENARROW BRIDGE: This sign is placed before such bridges which are narrower than the road.
SCHOOL AHEADSCHOOL AHEAD: This road sign indicates that there is a school nearby or ahead the road.
PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGPEDESTRIAN CROSSING: This signs indicates to slow down or stop the vehicle and allow the pedestrian to cross the road.
STEEP ASCENTSTEEP ASCENT: This road sign indicates that there is a steep climb forward and the vehicle is kept in the relevant gear.
STEEP DESCENTSTEEP DESCENT: This road sign indicates that there is a slope further
CATTLECATTLE: There is a lot of possibility of cattle wandering on the road.
MEN AT WORKMEN AT WORK: This sign is placed before the site of repair on road.
CYCLE CROSSINGCYCLE CROSSING: This road sign indicates that there is a cycle path intersecting the major road. 
ROUND ABOUTROUND ABOUT: This sign placed before the round-about ahead and alert you to take relevant lane.

3. Informatory Signs

Informatory Signs helps a motorist in saving time, reaching destination without roaming around. These signs are meant to provide information about destinations and places like schools, hospitals, petrol, restaurant etc.

ParkingPARKING: This sign is installed at destination telling about where to park your vehicles.
HOSPITALHOSPITAL: This sign indicates that there is Hospital nearby. 
PETROL PUMPPETROL PUMP: This informatory sign shows that there is a Petrol Pump ahead on the road
PUBLIC TELEPHONEPUBLIC TELEPHONE: This sign indicates the availability of Telephone near road.
EATING PLACE EATING PLACE: This sign is common on highways which indicates that there is an eating-place nearby
RESTING PLACERESTING PLACE: This sign is for motel, lodge or any other facility for resting.

Anybody around the road should be aware of traffic signs and symbols so they can be safe and others too…

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