47% of motorists, which amounts to some 15.5 million road users have admitted that they do not understand some of the basic Highway Code signs according to new research from Vauxhall.
The survey of 2,500 motorists identified the ‘no-through road’ sign as being the most misunderstood (67%). Only a third of people recognised the sign for ‘two way traffic’ crossing a one-way road and sixty-five percent of those surveyed felt that road signs should be updated for the modern road user. Signs indicating nearby cashpoints, wi-fi hotspots and drive-thru takeaways were thought to be useful additions to current signs and some drivers even suggested that the ‘children crossing’ sign should be updated to incorporate a picture of a boy wearing a ‘hoodie’. Modern motorists would also like to be reminded of green practices such as turning off the enginee while stationary and new signs to identify ‘healthy eating’ options were also seen as a good idea.
This survey helps to prove a number of points. Firstly that drivers are not fully aware of the signage out on the road, which points to the need for education and refresher education on the basics of the Highway Code. Many commentators have highlighted the concern of falling driving standards, and it would appear that getting the basics right is an important aspect of this. Whether a whole host of new signs should be developed is debatable. Signs already cause significant blight on the streetscape in many areas and can have a serious impact on road safety through distraction and information overload. Simplifying signage ‘on site’ and helping the public to better understand information already provided to them whilst in road environment has to be a priority.
(Source: Daily Express Monday 4th June 2007)