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According To Drivers, 99% Of People Don’t Know The Meaning Of This Sign

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According To Drivers, 99% Of People Don’t Know The Meaning Of This Sign

It’s undoubtedly familiar to you, but do you know what it means?

Certain drivers firmly believe that the majority of people are unaware of the true significance of a typical traffic sign.

While some road signs, like speed limits and stop signs, are practically universally understood, there are undoubtedly some more cryptic ones that we only understood for our theory test and then promptly forgot.

I’m convinced 99% of drivers don’t know what this sign means.
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Although this likely only pertains to signs that we seldom ever see, some drivers estimate that “99 percent” of people are unaware of the true meaning of their sign, which is one that we’ve all seen a lot.

Driver “I’m convinced 99 per cent of drivers don’t know what this sign means” commented with a picture of the sign in a Reddit post.

The sign in question is spherical and has a white background with a single black line that angles 45 degrees through the centre.

People immediately used the comments section to either confess that they had no idea what the sign signified or to boast about their impressive sign language skills.

“40mph until you reach the next village and a 30mph zone, where you continue to do 40mph…” someone made a joke.

Someone else joked, “It means ‘minimum speed – 80′”

“National speed limit, but what that limit is depends on what you’re driving,” remarked a third. “For example if you’re driving a BMW it’s 100mph and excuses you from using indicators.”

Another person remembered a female who worked at their former hair salon, who mistook it for “go whatever speed you want.”


That being said, what does the sign mean? Yes, it has to do with the permitted speed and speed limitations.

“A white circular sign with a single black diagonal stripe through it tells you that the national speed limit applies on the upcoming stretch of road,” according to the RAC website, “It supersedes any previous speed limit signs you may have had to adhere to, such as passing through temporary roadworks.”

It continues, saying, “Of course, even when the national speed limit applies, it might not always be safe to drive at that speed, so use your common sense on this.”

That’s the proverb that goes, “It’s a limit, not a target.”

Naturally, the national speed limit differs based on the type of route and vehicle you’re operating.

Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit in a developed area with streetlights is 30 mph. Cars are allowed to go at 60 mph on a single road, whereas vans and larger vehicles, as well as vehicles dragging something, must travel at 50 mph.

It is 70 mph on dual carriageways and highways, but 60 mph for trucks and cars pulling caravans or trailers.

In addition to safety precautions, I would ingrain these speeds into your memory if I were you. That way, you won’t be caught off guard by cameras when you least expect it.

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