Motorists fail to see the signs
Published 08/08/2010 | 08:17
Many motorists lose their way when it comes to understanding road signs, a poll has shown.
While 83% classed themselves as good drivers, just 52% understood all the signs on UK roads, the survey by Kia Motors UK found.
The poll of 2,000 motorists, of whom 56% had had a driving licence for more than 15 years, showed that fewer than three in five drivers could correctly identify the sign for "no motor vehicles", with 21% thinking it meant "motor vehicles only".
Only 52% recognised the sign for a clearway, with 20% thinking it meant "no entry" and 31% thought the sign indicating the end of a dual carriageway meant that the road narrowed on both sides;
26% believed a yellow diversion sign showed directions to a campsite, while 30% reckoned it meant there was a hazard ahead while 87% recognised the black-striped national speed limit sign, but 34% did not know this meant a speed of 60mph on a single carriageway and 70mph on a motorway.
The survey also showed that only 61% found road signs useful, with 78% reckoning they were being bombarded with too many signs.
Only 25% of those polled still kept a road atlas in the car.
Kia Motors UK communications director Steve Kitson said: "The research findings clearly show that a driver's experience behind the wheel doesn't necessarily correlate with their knowledge of the road."