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    For most people, learning to drive is an exciting experience. This new skill comes with new freedom, giving you the ability to explore the open road whenever and wherever.

    However, before you get your chance to enjoy the perks of being a full-fledged driver, there’s a lot you need to learn so that you can confidently and safely navigate the roads. There’s crucial information you need to retain and master. This information includes basic automobile knowledge, including how vehicles function, different traffic situations, road signs and many more.

    In this article, you’ll learn about the various traffic signs including school zone signs that you’re sure to encounter while driving in Western Australia.

    Road Signs and the Basic Rules of the Road

    Before confidently getting behind the wheel of a car, there are the basic rules of the road you should be aware of.

    As a learner driver, you must develop an appreciation and understanding of road rules. These are embodied in road signs, traffic rules and regulations, and manifested in proper driving etiquettes, such as your driving behaviour at roundabouts, intersections and crowded city streets.

    Mastering the various traffic signs requires commitment, patience, practice and discipline. However, you’ll gain significant insights into the different road signs that will help you remember and understand them with the information below.

    3 Main Groups of Traffic Signs

    Traffic signs provide drivers and other road users vital information to keep them safe, maintain order and prevent accidents. Without Australian road signs (or if drivers disregard them), driving would be a dangerous undertaking, and the roads would be unsafe for everyone.

    Road signs come in different shapes and colours. Each traffic control sign conveys a particular meaning or communicates a specific message. Using various shapes and colours, it becomes easier for motorists and pedestrians to identify each sign quickly.

    This way, drivers can act accordingly with little to no interruption in their driving.

    Although there are several road signs you’ll encounter as a driver, most of them fall within one of the three main groups, namely:

    • Regulatory signs
    • Warning signs
    • Guide or information signs

    Regulatory Signs

    The primary purpose of regulatory signs is to control traffic. Regulatory signs are not optional, so they must be abided by you at all times. They usually appear as red or black signs with a white background.

    Below are some common regulatory road signs you’re sure to encounter in Western Australia:

    1. No Entry – under no circumstances should you enter

    No entry road sign.

    2. One Way – the road is one way to the right

    One way road sign in WA.

    3. Give Way – slow down and be prepared to stop

    Red and black give way traffic sign.

    4. You are approaching a roundabout; be prepared to give way (or yield)

    Road traffic sign highlighting roundabout ahead.

    5. Signs showing speed limits (80km/h speed limit)

    Speed limit sign showing 80km per hour speed limit.

    6. Stop (compulsory)

    Red and white stop road sign.

    7. School Zone Speed

    School zone showing 40km/h 8am-9:30am, and 2:30pm-4pm on school days.

    8. No U-Turn

    Traffic sign showing u-turn not permitted.

    9. No Left Turn

    No left-turn sign.

    10. Pedestrian Crossing

    Yellow pedestrian crossing road sign.

    11. Bridge Load Limit

    Bridge load limit sign commonly used by trucks.

    12. Keep to the Right

    Keep right with arrow road sign.

    Warning Signs

    Warning road signs alert you of the possible dangers that lie ahead. They usually appear yellow with black lines, numbers or diagrams, although pedestrian-related warning signs typically appear red or orange.

    These signs could indicate the presence of people, such as children or pedestrians, or animals like kangaroos, koalas, ducks and others. They also warn drivers about hidden or unexpected changes in the road ahead, as with an upcoming bump, intersection or curve.

    Sometimes, advisory speed signs appear together with warning signs so that drivers can slow down before reaching a curve, bend or junction.

    Warning road signs come in two distinct types:

    Signs used to indicate temporary hazards

    1. Men at Work

    Warning sign to highlight men at work.

    2. Left Lane Ends/Closed

    Left lane ends/is closed warning traffic sign.

    3. Temporary Emergency Warning Triangles

    Temporary warning triangles for emergencies.

    Signs used to indicate permanent hazards

    1. Merging Traffic

    Permanent hazard sign to highlight merging traffic.

    2. Children Crossing

    Children's crossing road sign commonly found in school zones.

    3. Slippery When Wet

    Slippery when wet traffic sign.

    4. Steep Downhill

    Warning sign highlighting a steep decline.

    5. Winding Road

    Winding road sign to notify drivers.

    Guide or Information Signs

    Information or guide signs provide essential information to make it easier for drivers and other road users to navigate their way or get around an area quickly. These include the distance or directions to the next town, specific routes and information on available road user services and particular points of interest.

    Most of these road signs are rectangular-shaped and take different sizes and colours.

    Below are some examples of information or guide signs.

    1. Reduce Speed

    Red and white reduce speed road traffic sign.

    2. Low Bridge Ahead

    Low bridge ahead sign to warn high vehicles.

    3. Form One Lane

    Form 1 lane traffic road sign.

    The Benefits of Taking Driving Lessons

    Booking driving lessons to get trained in driving is a wise decision as it provides the following benefits:

    • You get formal driving training with the help of a professional, certified and experienced trainer.
    • You’ll have access to a structured driving programme and regular training.
    • You’ll be using a school vehicle to practice and develop your driving skills.
    • You have an experienced pro driver who can evaluate your performance and help you identify critical areas of improvement to focus on those.
    • You’ll learn to follow traffic rules and master the meanings behind the different symbols and signs you’ll encounter on the road.

    When it comes to understanding Australian road signs and meanings, there’s no better place to learn than in a driving school. With the help of your driving instructor, you’ll be able to familiarise yourself with the different kinds of road signs and what they mean.

    You’ll become accustomed to different traffic signs through constant exposure and practice and know them by heart. So anytime you see one, you can avoid panicking since you know precisely how to navigate the situation. You will also prepare for your driving test with mastery of the different Australian road signs and their meanings.

    Practice Makes Perfect

    Consider heading out with an experienced driver or your instructor for a leisurely learning drive now that you have some essential knowledge of the different road signs.

    Observe how they adjust their driving following what each traffic sign communicates to them. Ask questions about the signs you see and be attentive every time the driver adjusts their mirrors, checks blind spots, etc.

    By being an active learner, you’ll not only be mastering the different road signs but be on your way to becoming a skilled and safe driver, too.

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