Road Signs & Markings Overview

One section of the learners license test consists of questions on road signs, traffic signals and road markings, a complete understanding of these is required to pass your K53 learners license test. These signs enhance road safety and knowing the purpose of these signs, signals and markings will enable you respond to them correctly when driving.


Purpose of Road Signs and Markings

Be Informed

  • Give instructions to road users to manage the flow of traffic
  • Inform motorists about road conditions
  • Give clear directions about destinations and routes

Road Signs and Markings

Always in the Loop

  • Signals given by people or lights
  • Signs mounted on poles next to the road or on overhead structures
  • Markings painted on the road surface


Different Types of Signs

Follow the Rules

  • Warning Signs – warn of potential danger on the road. These triangular signs are white with a red border and a black word or symbol painted on it. When a warning sign is alongside the road, you need to reduce speed and proceed with caution.
  • Regulatory Signs – These signs are used to control the flow of traffic; such as a stop sign. It is an offence to ignore these signs and you are liable for a fine you disobey them.
  • Road Surface Markings – These are signs painted on the road surface and are classified into warning, information, and regulatory signs; for example mandatory direction arrows and pedestrian crossings. They should be regarded as the same as signs on poles or overhead structures and be obeyed at all times.
  • Information Signs – These are signs that provide information to motorists about the road ahead to help drivers to be able to plan and use the correct lane accordingly.
  • Temporary Warning Signs – These signs are triangles with a red border and yellow background that are placed to warn road users of danger on the road.


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