Category: Traffic Signs

Different Road, Street, Traffic Signs – Color Matters

The Significance of the Various Colors of Highway, Road, and Street Signs Question: What is the difference between green highway signs and blue highway signs? There are several colors of signs that are used on the city streets, county roads, state highways, and interstate highways throughout the US (Canada and Europe will be somewhat different,… Keep Reading


Sign Compliancy – Who Can Put Signs on the Interstate

Understanding Compliant Signage and What Businesses Are Able to Advertise on Interstate Highways Question: What is a “non-compliant” sign? This will depend on your location. There are locations that have virtually no sign codes, but they are few and far between in the 21st Century USA, Canada, or Western Europe. In our area, there are… Keep Reading


Reflective Sheeting – Engineer, High Intensity, and Diamond Grade

The Difference Between Engineer Grade, High Intensity, and Diamond Grade Reflective Sheeting Question: What is the difference between Standard Reflective (Engineer Grade or Type I), and High Intensity (Type III) and Diamond Grade (Type XI) reflective sign material? Engineer Grade Engineer Grade Reflective Sheeting typically meets ASTM D4956 Type 1 standards and is an enclosed… Keep Reading


How a STOP Sign Serve Its Purpose, Traffic Devices & Safe Driving

The Purpose of Stop Signs, Locations to Install Two-Way Signage, & Warrants for Traffic Control Devices Question: What is the purpose of a STOP sign? This, of course, is a hotly debated topic! Some have said that a STOP sign should be used as a dinner plate, while others a shield to deflect arrows, but… Keep Reading


Traffic Control Devices and Definitions

The Different Devices in Controlling Traffic and How They Function Question: What are Traffic Control Devices and what are they used for? Traffic Control Devices can be broken into several categories and a whole bunch of subcategories, but I’ll stay with the general categories for sake of brevity here. The main category would be signs,… Keep Reading


Authority Control Over Traffic Signs Cycle, Installation, & Standards

DOT on the Timing of Traffic Signals, Installation in the Intersection, and Standards for Color Blind Drivers Question:  If a traffic signal’s cycle is too long or too short, will the DOT change it? Possibly. If your opinion is that a signal’s cycle is too long or too short, you could contact the DOT or… Keep Reading


Reflective Traffic Signs Sheeting, Posts, and Aluminum Materials

Get to Know Reflective Traffic Sign Sheeting, Signposts, and Flat Vs. Extruded Aluminum Materials Question:  What is Reflective Sheeting? Reflective sheeting is the sheeting used to create reflective road signs, traffic signs, street signs, and highway signs. Basically, reflective sheeting is laminated to aluminum sign blanks of various sizes and shapes, then printed with whatever… Keep Reading


When Traffic Light Signals Go Off-Rules for Installing Road Signs

What to Do when Traffic Lights are Off, Legalities in Owning Signs, and Installing Them Question:  What should drivers do when traffic Signal Lights Are All Dark? This is a very good question, because there are certainly no traffic signs that back up traffic signal lights if the power goes out, unless it’s a longer… Keep Reading


The Cycle of Traffic Lights and What to do When They’re Flashing

Understanding the Timing of Traffic Sign Lights and What Drivers Can Do When They Go Flashing Question:  Why doesn’t the “Walk” light stay on longer? I can only get halfway across before it starts flashing! Since I know nothing of your physical condition, whether you’re 18 or 85 years old, I’ll assume you’re in average… Keep Reading


Traffic Signs – Regulation and Safety in the Intersection

Traffic in the Intersection and Signs Installation as Approved by the Government Question:  Will traffic signs make an intersection safer? Generally, yes. Unless it had a traffic light and now you’re replacing it with signs. Of course, if there’s little traffic at that intersection anyway, it won’t make much actual difference where safety is concerned…. Keep Reading


Digital Electronic Traffic/Highway Signs vs. Illuminated Road Signs

Digital/Electronic and Illuminated Road, Highway, Traffic, Street Airport Signs While these two types can cross over, Illuminated Traffic Signs and Digital Traffic Signs aren’t necessarily the same thing. Digital guide markers are typically lighted with LED’s (Light Emitting Diodes) and may have a small section that shows a number or series of numbers and letters,… Keep Reading


Custom Reflective Aluminum Signs for Businesses or Communities

Customized Aluminum Street Signs for Businesses, Private Communities, or Parking Lots Today I’m discussing custom traffic signs. Just for definition sake, they are the kinds that are non-standard. Standard types, as discussed in the previous post, are the ones that include Stop, School Zone signs, or Speed Limit markers. Now, for those of you who… Keep Reading


USDOT-approved Reflective Road, Highway, or Street Traffic Signs

Reflective Aluminum Traffic Street Road and Highway Signs – Approved by the USDOT Today I’m discussing reflective traffic signs or road signs. As you drive down the various roads and highways, you’d certainly be lost frequently if you didn’t have them. Back when I was a young man in my early 20’s, I spent a… Keep Reading


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