Currently, pictorial road signs in South Africa have replaced the words with symbols used in the past in a move to help make them universal so that even foreigners in the country can understand the signs. Moreover, pictorial road traffic signs are simple and minimize the safety hazards of driving. Image: instagram. Knowledge of your K53 road signs is imperative for all users regardless of whether you are driver, cyclist, or pedestrian, because this improves safety for everyone.
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Road signs and markings Road signs and markings You must know the meanings of the various road signs, traffic signals and road surface markings, and how to respond to them when you see them on the road. Study the overview given in The New Official K53 Manual well and you will more easily understand and remember all the road signs, signals and road markings detailed in the various road signs chapters of the Manual.
Temporary signs Many of the signs have yellow, red and black colour combinations. These are temporary signs, and the yellow colour is to draw attention to the temporary situation because these signs take precedence over any permanent signs nearby.
Temporary regulatory signs must be obeyed. Regulatory signs Regulatory signs are used to control the actions of drivers and traffic flow. They include traffic flow control signs that regulate the movement of traffic, command signs that tell you what to do, and also prohibition signs that indicate what is not allowed. It is an offence to disobey any of these signs.
If you do so, you can be fined. There are temporary versions for some of these signs and they have yellow, red and black colour combinations. Warning signs Warning signs indicate potential dangers or hazards that you may come across on the road ahead. They are usually found some distance before the hazard to allow you plenty of time to react. The signs are white triangles with a red border and black message symbol or word.
Temporary versions of the signs have a yellow background. When you encounter a warning sign, look out for any stop, yield or other regulatory signs that may be displayed. Reduce speed and proceed with caution. Hazard marker plates are rectangular red and white plates or red and yellow for temporary versions that are positioned at the hazard itself, for example, on a sharp bend or at an obstruction on or at the edge of the road.
Information signs These signs provide information about the road ahead so that you can plan your road and lane usage accordingly. Guidance signs These signs give guidance regarding the route, and include, for example, distances and directions to destinations and public facilities, as well as traffic lane situations ahead.
Road surface markings Road markings are traffic signs painted onto the road surface. They can be classified into Regulatory, Warning, and Information markings. They have the same meanings as the traffic signs mounted on poles or above the road, and drivers should react accordingly. Surface markings are painted in white, yellow or red, according to the message they convey.
As a general rule, you may not stop on a red line, you may not park on a yellow line, and you may not cross a solid white line, except those that cross the width of the road.
What you must know to pass your learner's test
You must know what each control is used for. The following illustrations will explain these. Note: Although the layout of the various controls may be different on different makes and models of vehicles, their functions and purpose remain the same. What is K53 all about? The K53 defensive driving system means being fully alert and attentive all the time while driving, in order to maintain a clear space around your vehicle and avoid a collision with other road users. It also means that you must give other road users advance warning of your intentions so that they too can use the road in safety.
K53 Learners Test. Road signs questions and answers