In the UK driving theory test, you will be asked about what the different road traffic signs mean. Below you can see the main DVLA road signs that you need to know.

Warning Road Signs

Warning road signs are used to alert drivers of a hazard ahead. They are triangular in shape and white with a red border.

Zebra crossing sign

Ford sign (River or stream ahead)

Wild horses or ponies sign

Wild animals sign

Uneven road sign

Two – way traffic crosses a one – way road sign

Two way traffic sign

Tunnel ahead sign

Tram crossing sign

Traffic signals not in use sign

Soft verges sign

Quayside / river bank sign

Cycle route sign

Gated level crossing sign

Crossroads sign

Cattle sign

Right turn sign

Available width of headroom sign

Low flying aircraft sign

Accompanied horses (horse riders) or ponies sign

Give way ahead sign

Stop ahead sign

Double bend to the left sign

Roads merging ahead sign

Falling or fallen rocks sign

Elderly / Frail (or blind or disabled if shown) pedestrians likely to cross ahead sign

Hump bridge sign

Junction on bend sign

Pedestrians walking in the road sign

Overhead electric cable sign, shows the maximum height that a vehicle can be to pass through safely

Other danger sign (in this case, a hidden dip ahead)

Light signalling a level crossing, airfield or bridge ahead

Sign for a level crossing without a barrier

Miniature warning lights at a level crossing

Level crossing without barrier or gate ahead sign

Risk of grounding sign

Risk of ice (icy road) sign

Narrowing roads sign

Mini roundabout sign

Sharp bend sign

Strong sidewinds sign

Slippery road sign

Traffic queues likely sign

Traffic lights sign

Traffic merging from the left sign

T Junction sign (with priority over vehicles from the right)

Steep hill upwards sign

Steep hill downwards sign

Staggered junction sign

Order Road Signs

Order signs are used to tell drivers what they should / should not do, as well as what kind of vehicles are / are not allowed somewhere

Give way to oncoming vehicles sign

Give way sign

Keep left sign

Temporary GO sign (manually operated)

STOP sign

Speed limit sign

Minimum speed sign

End of minimum speed sign

Mini roundabout sign – give way to traffic from the right

National speed limit sign

No buses sign

No bicycles sign

No entry sign (for vehicles)

No goods vehicles over the weight shown (in tonnes) except for loading and unloading

No left turning sign

No motor vehicles sign

No overtaking sign

No right turns allowed sign

No stopping sign (on a clearway)

No stopping during time shown sign (apart from picking up or setting down passengers)

No towing signs

No U turns sign

No vehicles or combination of vehicles over the shown length

No vehicles sign (apart from bicycles being pushed)

No vehicles carrying explosives sign

Weak bridge sign (no vehicles over the maximum weight shown)

Max height sign (no vehicles over this height)

Max width sign (no vehicles over this width)

No waiting sign

Ahead only sign

Permit holders only sign

Pedestrian crossing point over tramway sign

No stopping during period indicated sign (except for buses)

Cyclists only sign

School crossing patrol sign

Cyclists and pedestrians only sign

Stop and give way sign

Trams only sign

Turn left sign

Turn left ahead sign

Vehicle may pass either side to reach same destination sign

With flow bus and cycle lane

Cyclists only sign

Buses and cyclists only sign

Contra-flow bus lane

Entry to 20 mph zone

End of 20 mph zone

Roadworks Road Signs

Road signs are also used temporarily when there are road works. This is to warn road users or hazards that could be caused by the road works. They will come in the form of a warning triangle or a yellow sign

Road works sign

Loose chippings sign

Lane closed ahead by a working vehicle. This sign appears on the back of slow moving or stationary vehicles. There are no cones on the road

This sign means the same as above

Pass the slow moving or stationary works vehicle that is blocking the traffic lane in the direction shown by the arrow

Road works 1 mile ahead

One lane crossover at contraflow road works

Road works ahead with lane restrictions

Speed limit ahead

Road works 1 mile ahead

Temporary hazard at road works

Temporary road closures due to road works

Motorway Signs & Information Signs

Motorway signs and information road signs tell you various sorts of information about the road you’re on. They are usually square or rectangular in shape and black/white or blue/white in colour.

Traffic already on the motorway has priority to traffic trying to join from the right hand lane of the slip road

Maximum vehicle height for the bridge ahead

Correct lane you should be in depending on where you want to go

Junction ahead has a bus lane

Speed camera nearby

Controlled parking zone ends

Entering a congestion charging zone

Entering a controlled parking zone

Entering a home zone

Hospital and A&E ahead

Lane should only be used by vehicles containing more than 2 people

End of motorway sign

Countdown markers to the next motorway exit. One bar is 100 yards

Motorway services ahead

No through road for vehicles sign

Parking spot only for motorcyclists (single driver, no passengers)

Recommended route for pedal cyclists sign

Beginning of the motorway (motorway rules start here)

Information point for tourists

Traffic in right hand lane of slip road has priority over left hand lane

Traffic already on the motorway has priority over the joining traffic from the slip road

Traffic on your side of the road has priority over oncoming traffic

Vehicles that are allowed to use a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane

With flow bus lane sign. Taxis and cyclists can also use it


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