Road signs and lights should be embedded in the pavement to stop “zombie pedestrians” stepping in front of cars, according to government advisor. Shaun Helman believes that redesigning the country’s streets would have a more constructive impact on road safety than trying to modify the behaviour of Britons addicted to their screens. He argues that placing important signage where people are looking – on the floor for those staring at their phone screens – could help reduce the number of pedestrian casualties caused by mobile phone distractions. That could mean placing road signs on the pavement, embedding lights near kerbs or painting guidelines for pedestrians with their eyes locked on their handsets. Undesirable behaviour Mr Helman, who is chief transportation scientist at the Transport Research Laboratory and advises governments around the world, said even with public education programmes some people would continue with “undesirable … [Read more...] about Road signs could be glued to the ground for UK’s ‘zombie pedestrians’ fixated on their phones
Meanings of road signs
BRITISH drivers are being baffled by the nation's traffic signs. The UK is known for its overuse of road signs, and it seems our motorists just can't get their heads around all of them. According to a study by easyJet and Europcar, as many as 76 per cent of Brit drivers struggle with some of our own signage. Research found that more than half of drivers have made a wrong turn because they misunderstood a sign, while around 27 per cent broke the speed limit or indicated the wrong way. And motorists are just as confused when driving through Europe, with 80 per cent unsure of foreign signs. So how many of the 10 most challenging signs in Britain can you correctly identify? Take the test and check your answers below. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Latest motors newsROBO CONE 'Robotic' traffic markers that mean you won't get stuck in roadworks queues again TOXIC AIR Car pollution costs NHS £6BILLION a year - and diesels are the worst offenders FALSE ECONOMY Almost 98 PER CENT of … [Read more...] about The confusing UK road signs that are baffling drivers – do YOU know what they mean?
LESS than half of potential new drivers pass their theory test, according to recent figures. And the Department for Transport is blaming the UK's overuse of road signs for the high failure rate. A report by the DfT called for a number of traffic signs to be binned after it found the overuse of signage around the country was too complicated, labelling many "humiliating". Just 48 per cent of the 1.9million potential drivers taking their theory test in the last year passed, with many attributing failure to confusion over road signs. Information provided by the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency revealed that from April 2016 to March 2017 a staggering 1,952,226 people took their theory test, with just 950,210 people passing. And it wasn't just young learners who struggled with the UK's confusing traffic signals. Incredibly, the highest percentage of women passing were 17-years-old, with a 54 per cent success rate, while 33-year-old men were most successful. The written theory test for … [Read more...] about Less than HALF of new drivers pass their theory test – and ‘humiliating’ road signs are to blame
BRITISH drivers struggle when it comes to understanding foreign road signs, a recent study has found. As many as 70 per cent of motorists have come across a road sign while driving abroad and had no idea what it meant. Conducted by Co-op Insurance, the study found that three quarters of Brits are bamboozled by foreign road signs. And worryingly, just over 10 per cent said they had been involved in an accident for misunderstanding a signal while driving in another country. So how good are you when it comes to identifying international road signs? Take Co-op Insurance's quiz to find out how many you know. The study also found that a combined 41 per cent of drivers blamed a confusing sign for causing them to make a wrong turn or veer down a road they shouldn't have been on, while 14 per cent became victims of road rage when they read a sign incorrectly. And it seems struggling with foreign road laws and signs is actually enough to discourage Brits from driving abroad. Two fifths of … [Read more...] about The foreign road signs that drive Brits insane – but do you know what they mean?
Getty Images No two road trips are alike — except that they all involve long distances, rushed meals, and groups of tired, bored, grumpy humans sharing the same cramped quarters for hours on end. To keep everyone happy, peaceful, and safe, we recommend that all road trips be bound by the same set of rules, which we present here, in no particular order. 1. First and foremost, everyone must use the bathroom before the vehicle hits the road. 2. The driver chooses the music: Whoever is at the wheel is also in control of the stereo, unless he decides to hand that power to someone else. However, he reserves the right to take it back at any time. Should a radio station play two or more songs in a row by Styx, Warrant, or Limp Bizkit, an obscure maritime law dictates that the person in control of the radio at the time must ride in the trunk until the next gas stop. 3. At all times, the co-pilot—meaning, whoever's riding shotgun—must remain awake and available to dish out … [Read more...] about 21 Rules of Road Tripping