Driving isn’t as easy as it looks, you are consistently tested by other drivers and by the road conditions of the Philippines. With the driving instructor no longer by your side, everything starts to feel and become real. The question now is will you be able to apply the knowledge during your driving school sessions? Or, will you be a rowdy driver who goes by his (her) own rules? Well, you better not be the latter!
With that in mind, we have created a quick refresher for your to recap your knowledge of the road signs in the Philippines.
Categories of road signs, colors, and shapes
Before we get into the road signs themselves we need to first understand that road signs are divided into three categories: regulatory, warning, and guide signs. Another thing you should always remember is that the colors and shapes of the road signs also have a corresponding meaning (which will be explained as we go on, don’t worry).
To make it easier for you to understand, here’s the visual representation of road signs grouped according to meanings and uses.
First, we have the Regulator signs, these signs are usually self-explanatory, and are commonly indicated in the shape of a circle that comes with a red diagonal or red border. Something to take note of is that the ‘STOP’ mark is painted in a red octagon-shaped sign as a whole. Once the driver sees this sign, they must come to a complete stop at the limit line, crosswalk, or intersection. These red signs specify what drivers must not do or stop doing.
Also, there’s a distinct shape among the group: the ‘Yield’ sign. It’s enclosed in an inverted triangle which means to give way to traffic that has the right of way. Aside from the red marks, there are also blue-colored signs that instruct the drivers on which direction they should ta
Next up we have Warning Signs, these are often printed on yellow triangular shapes with red borders, the combination of this color and shape indicates that there’s an unexpected roadway condition or possible hazard ahead. These signs are like your adviser on the road. It gives drivers warnings of what kind of road they’re currently taking so that they will be extra careful and alert while driving.
Take note that once you see a ‘School Crossing’ sign, you should always stop and give way to the pedestrians. In case you encounter a ‘Road Work’ or ‘Falling Rock’ sign, it’s better to maneuver and turn on your navigation app to help you find a better route and a safer trip.
Last but not least, we have Informative Signs. These are either indicated in blue rectangular boards, these road signs give drivers information on where to find the nearest hospital, parking area, gas station, as well as the jeepney and bus stop. It has also green and yellow versions, which provide distance to the next city or town.
Your future as a driver depends on how well you follow all of these road signs. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself at the Land Transportation Office (LTO), claiming your license and losing some cash. So the next time you hit the road, do yourself and the world a favor and be a responsible driver.