The Importance Of Reading Road Signs

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In the modern age of satellite communications, smartphones, and global positioning systems, you may be tempted to ignore the signs posted along your route and rely on technology to get you where you need to go, but even in the twenty-first century you need to stay alert and read the signs.



Modern global positioning systems are certainly helpful for plotting routes and navigation assistance, but they aren’t perfect. A recent article in Forbes reported that inaccurate GPS directions cost drivers up to twenty-nine hours per year. So make sure to review your full route before you hit the road and keep an eye out for wayfinding signs to keep you on the right track.

When you arrive at your destination, you still have to deal with numerous lots, drives, and docks. Fortunately, most shippers and receivers have wayfinding signs to help you:

  • Find the shipping entrance.
  • Locate the loading dock.
  • Find your door.


Unforeseen Conditions

No matter how carefully you plan your route, things can change quickly on the road. Construction, weather, and accidents can bring traffic to a standstill in an instant. Fortunately, if you are keeping an eye out for them, electronic variable message signs can give you a warning allowing you to exit, adjust your route to avoid the problem, and resume moving toward your destination.


Impending Challenges

Signs can provide a helpful warning to drivers about impending challenges that range from inconvenient to damaging to downright dangerous. When you are on the road, keep an eye out for signs warning drivers of the following to keep things simple and safe:

  • Dead ends.
  • Low clearance.
  • Steep grades.


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