Road signs in South Africa
K53 road signs are grouped into the following categories:
- Guidance and information signs
- Regulatory signs
- Warning signs
- Temporary signs
Guidance and information signs
Guidance and information signs are grouped as follows:
- Location signs
- Route marker signs
- Direction signs
- Tourism signs
- Diagrammatic signs
- Information signs
Display the name of the place you have reached or are about to reach.
Some signs are grouped with a symbol to indicate the type of location you are in.
Route marker signs
Indicate a particular route or the direction you need to travel to get to a particular route.
Indicate the direction to places and routes.
Many of these signs are combinations of several direction and route marker signs.
Give you direction and information as a tourist on places of interest, services or rest facilities.
Indicate the pattern of traffic lanes ahead of you or important instructional information. The below sign is instructing heavy goods vehicles to engage a lower gear.
Display general information. The sign below indicates they the turn to the left is a dead-end.
Regulatory road signs
Regulatory road signs are categorised as follows:
- Control signs
- Command signs
- Prohibition and limit signs
- Reservation signs
- Exclusive secondary signs
- Comprehensive signs
- De-restriction signs
Control the actions of you the driver. The stop sign is an example of a control sign. When you see this sign you must bring your vehicle to a complete stop.
You must follow the indication for an action that must be taken.
This sign indicates you must travel at a minimum speed of 50km/h.
Prohibition & limitation signs
Prohibit you from performing certain actions.
Instruct you as to the limits you must adhere to. In this example the sign is a regulatory limit sign limiting you to a speed of 100km/h.
Indicate that the roadway, lane or parking area you are using is reserved for certain classes of vehicles only.
Exclusive secondary signs
Grouped with any one of the regulatory signs to indicate to you that the regulatory sign applies only to that specific situation.
In this example, the exclusive secondary sign is the motorcycle illustration. It has been grouped with a regulatory limit sign.
The signs indicate that you must drive at a speed limit of 100km/h but that this limit only applies motorcycles.
Comprehensive signs indicate that you are about to enter a roadway or area that is governed by a comprehensive set of rules.
This sign indicates you are entering a residential area and that children may be at play.
De-restriction signs indicate that you are about to exit a roadway or area which is governed by a comprehensive set of rules.
Watch the video on how to respond to yield signs below.
Warning signs are categorised as follows:
- Direction of travel signs
- Symbolic signs
- Hazard warning markers
- Road layout signs
Direction of travel signs
Indicate the direction of travel that lies ahead by using arrows. In this example, the sign is indicating a warning to you that there is a roundabout ahead. You can see from the arrows that the direction of travel is in a circular direction.
Use symbols to indicate the nature of what lies ahead of you. In this example the symbol used is actually a control sign (stop). The warning sign is indicating to you that there is a stop street ahead of you. This way you are not taken by surprise with a sudden stop.
Hazard warning markers
Enhance the safety for drivers and are placed at or near a hazard to indicate the position of the hazard.In this example the hazard is to the left.
Road layout signs
Indicate the layout of the road ahead. In this example the sign is warning you that the two lane road you are travelling on ahead will begin to split.