According to disturbing new research from insurers Direct Line and national road safety charity Brake, two thirds of British motorists don’t recognise a zebra crossing sign. Many drivers are apparently unaware of the meaning of common road signs.

Forty five per cent were stumped by the  no motor vehicles’ sign. A third didn’t recognise the  bus lane ahead’ sign. Almost one in six drew a blank on the  national speed limit’ sign, and only 12 per cent knew the meaning of all eight signs shown to them in a test.

Direct Line’s Maggie Game explains: “Road signs play a central role in mitigating many of the risks on our roads. If motorists don’t understand what a sign is trying to communicate, the risks increase significantly.”

Quite so.


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