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Road signs lost on UK drivers

Date 4 Jun 2007
Author The Editor

The BBC has reported that many British motorists are lost when it comes to understanding common road signs, a survey suggests. According to a survey conducted by Vauxhall, Some 67% of the 2,500 people polled did not recognise "no through road" signs, and one-third could not identify the sign for "no motor vehicles". Fewer than 33% knew what a "no cycling" sign looked like and one-third were confused by height restriction signs.

The poll found drivers would like to see signs such as "cash machine nearby" and "urban foxes crossing". The next most popular new signs motorists wanted to see were ones warning drivers to be more environmentally friendly by switching off their engines - for instance, outside schools while waiting to collect children.

Other popular suggestions for new signs included Wifi hotspots, healthy eating zones indicating places where healthy food is on offer, drive-through approaching, beware of skateboarders, and an updated ‘children crossing’ sign with the boy wearing a hoodie.

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