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Motorists not up to speed on signs

Published 11/08/2010 | 09:07

MANY motorists lose their way when it comes to understanding road signs, a new study discovered.

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While 83pc classed themselves as good drivers, just 52pc understood all the signs, a survey by Kia Motors found.

The poll of 2,000 motorists, of whom 56pc had had a driving licence for more than 15 years, showed:

Fewer than three in five could correctly identify the sign for ‘no motor vehicles’, with 21pc thinking it meant ‘motor vehicles only’.

Only 52pc recognised the sign for a clearway, pictured right, with 20pc thinking it meant ‘no entry’.

31pc thought the sign indicating the end of a dual carriageway meant that the road narrowed on both sides.

26pc believed a yellow diversion sign showed directions to a campsite, while 30pc reckoned it meant there was a hazard ahead.

The survey also showed that only 61pc found road signs useful, with 78pc reckoning they were being bombarded with too many signs.

Only 25pc of those polled still kept a road atlas in the car.

Kia said the findings show that a driver’s experience behind the wheel doesn’t necessarily correspond with their knowledge of the road.

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