Road Guide Signs

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Nowadays our roads are littered by road guide signs. Far from eyesores, however, we would literally be lost without such guides. Even the most backwater road must have the proper road guide signs. The science of creating and placing these signs has become a carefully conceived process.

Road Guide Signs: Keeping the Roads Moving

We've all seen surveyors and roadside workers using instruments to plan out the placement of road guide signs. This allows such workers to be able to very precisely map out exact distances. Road traffic conditions must also be carefully investigated so that the proper warnings signs can be placed. The next step in the process is in creating the right signs.

Road signs in days past were a simple sheet of metal or wood with a message painted on it. Today, road signs are much sturdier and are made to withstand the elements much better. The surface and letters are also designed to be highly reflective, therefore maximizing visibility at night. Even the colors of road signs are designed to be as vivid as possible.

Road signs are also designed to consist of very identifiable primary colors. This makes them easy to spot and identify when driving at high speeds. These colors also distinguish them from roadside advertisements. Those of us who drive do not even think about it anymore, but when we are trying to find something, our eyes are always looking out for those little green signs. We also know to be cautious when we see the diamond shaped florescent orange ones. Even the psychology of road sign construction has become part of the science of their effectiveness.

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