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Florida Drivers Handbook - Chapter 4 - Traffic Signs

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The Florida drivers handbook is your guide to getting a Florida drivers license. Inside the drivers manual you will find driving laws, explanations of how to get your drivers license, and details of the different types of drivers licenses Florida offers.

Chapter 4 - Signs, Signals, and Pavement Markings

Chapter 4 of the Florida Drivers Handbook includes photos of Florida road signs, traffic signals, and pavement markings and explains each of them.

Topics Addressed in Chapter 4 of the Florida Driver Handbook include:

Traffic Signals Drawbridge Signs and Signals
Traffic Signs Specials Signs
Traffic Warning Signs Pavement Markings
Traffic Rectangle Signs Railroad Crossing Signs and Signals

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Florida Drivers Handbook - Traffic Signs

Ch. 4 Traffic Signs – Standard Shapes and Colors

There are eight shapes and eight colors of traffic signs. Each shape and each color has an exact meaning, so you must acquaint yourself with all of them.

GREEN: Guide, directional information.
RED: Stop, do not enter or wrong way.
BLUE: Motorist services guidance. Also used to identify parking spaces for disabled drivers.
ORANGE: Construction and maintenance warning.
BROWN: Public recreation areas and scenic guidance.
YELLOW: General warning.
WHITE: Regulatory.
BLACK: Regulatory.

The shape of a road sign can tell you as much about the sign’s message as its color.

Octagon: Exclusively for stop signs.

octagon road sign

Horizontal Rectangle: Generally for guide signs.

horizontal rectangle sign

Triangle: Exclusively for yield signs.

triangle sign

Pennant: Advance warning of no passing zones.

pennant sign

Diamond: Exclusively to warn of existing or possible hazards on roadways or adjacent areas.

diamond sign

Vertical Rectangle: Generally for regulatory signs.

vertical rectangle sign

Pentagon: School advance and school crossing signs.

pentagon sign

Round: Railroad advance warning signs.

round sign

Crossbuck: Railroad crossing.

crossbuck sign

Octagon: Stop

Stop Signs are always octagonal (8 sided). A stop sign means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt at the marked stop line. If there is no marked stop line, stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no crosswalk, stop at a point nearest the intersecting roadway where you have a clear view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection.

stop sign

A 4-Way Stop sign means that there are four stop signs at this intersection. Traffic from all four directions must stop. The first vehicle to reach the intersection should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.

4 way stop sign

Triangle: Yield

Slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way. If the way is clear, you may move forward slowly without stopping. Yield signs are usually placed where auxiliary roads lead into major roads.

yield sign

Pennant: No Passing
You are entering a no passing zone. This sign is placed on the left side of the road, facing the driver.

no passing zone sign

Diamond: Warning
Narrow bridge. These signs warn you of special conditions or dangers ahead. Words or symbols on the sign will show why you need to use caution. See pages 58-60 for typical warning signs.

narrow bridge sign

Pentagon: School Sign
This five-sided sign means you are near a school. Watch for children.

school sign

School Crossing
As you approach this sign, slow down, watch for children crossing the road. Stop if necessary. Obey signals from any crossing guards.

school crossing sign

Children Crossing
Slow to posted speed. Watch for children!

school speed limit sign

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