Driving Test Success THEORY CATEGORIES --- MAIN MENU Theory Test: Road Signs Topics include:

Road Signs: knowing the meanings of different road signs.

Speed Limits: being aware of and planning for speed limit signs.

Road Markings: knowing the meanings of road markings.

Regulations: knowing the regulations associated with road signs & markings.

A good knowledge of road signs and road markings is essential. For pictures and explanations see our road signs page. For motorway signs see our motorway driving page.

General Road Sign Rules Order Road Signs
You must obey signs giving orders. These signs are usually in red circles.

Instruction Road Signs
Signs that give instructions are blue and circular give instructions.

Tourist Information Road Sign
Signs with brown backgrounds display tourist information.

Warning Road Signs
Triangular signs give warnings.

White Rectangle Road Sign
White rectangles are used for direction signs on non-primary routes or for plates used in combination with warning and regulatory signs.

Green rectangle Road Sign
Green rectangles are used for direction signs on primary routes.

Blue Rectangle Road Sign
Blue rectangles are used for information signs except on motorways where blue is used for direction signs.

Road MarkingsYou would see a contraflow bus and cycle lane on a one-way street.

Zig-Zag lines at pedestrian crossings mean no parking at any time.

Double solid white lines in the middle of the road mean no overtaking, however you are permitted to overtake a road maintenance vehicle travelling at 10 mph or less.

Traffic Lights Red light: you must stop and wait behind the stop line.

Amber light: stop at the stop line.

Green light: continue forward unless your exit from the junction is blocked.

Hand signal indicating the driver intends to turn left.

Hand signal indicating the driver intends to slow down.