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Friday, October 07, 2022

Not all drivers can recognize road signs, survey finds

A recent survey reveals that not all drivers can recognize and understand different road signs despite having their licenses for many years. 

Myvision.org surveyed more than 1,060 drivers about road signs and other distractions they face when behind the wheel. The survey was conducted in July 2022. Participants were between 18 and 84 years old. The average age was 41 with respondents having had their licenses for 25 years. 

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These folks would have a hell of a time passing their written test in Germany where there's not only a sign for every occasion but they also have signs leading up to every occasion. There's a sign telling you there's a railroad crossing 300 meters ahead, one for a crossing 200 meters ahead, another for the crossing 100 meters up the road and then of course, the sign saying the crossing is right fucking here.
Seriously, go HERE to see for yourself.

I remember when I was stationed in Germany and had to take my driving test so I could drive military vehicles on the road. I was seriously sweating the written part of it and I grew up in Germany.

13 comments:

  1. Good grief. There must be a government office somewhere full of worthless bureaucrats (but I repeat myself) whose only mission in life is to come up with a new sign every week.... nonstop, forever.

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    1. I think the government could save millions on the Roads & Highway budget. Just remove all the speed limit, merge, stop, signs, etc.. They'd never be missed since no one notices or obeys them anyway.

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  2. I had an international DL. The German sign that confused me was the arrow with "Ausfahrt" on it. It was all over the Autobahn.

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  3. That test for a DL in Germany was VERY difficult! Two exams, one with all signs and the other written, 100 questions each. And you can only miss 10 on each test! I had to take it twice and I've heard of others taking it several times!

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  4. Ah, the old International License Test. That was fun. I still have mine, after 50 years.
    There is one sign every driver recognizes, no matter where they are. I use it quite frequently.

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  5. I went over to wikipedia to read the article. When I got to the section on regulatory signs, I read it at first as retaliatory signs.

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  6. Hah! Laughed about your observations on German signs. I spent part of the year last year on there...I didn't drive, but still found myself having to look up what various signs meant for areas I had to walk in.

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  7. 9/10ths of them cant pull their head out of their phone. If you do get to speak to someone like this be sure to let them know that if they plant their feet firmly and push hard enough they might be able to get their head out of that phone and their rear end at the same time...

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  8. Had some asshole lay on his horn because I didn't turn right on a red light. Had to explain to him that when it is printed in black and white, it's not a request. My Class A D.L is more important than this dumphuques need to get home 5 seconds earlier.

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  9. Things must have changed quite a bit since I was in Greece in 1968-69. I was stationed at Nea Makri, Naval Communications Sta., Greece. Getting an International drivers license required me to go to the Admin building and signing my name. No test.

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  10. In Australia, all the written driving tests are printed upside down to match the usual suspects. OH. Really? Hmmm. My bad.

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  11. I was stationed in Germany from 66 to 69 and I could tell you a millions stories about driving over there, but the best one was when my buddy Gary and I left a wine fest all shitfaced and were driving the back roads to get back to Hahn Air Base.when Gary drifted off the road and hit a meter post. Blam! it flew over the car, but it didn't hurt the old German Ford. From there all the way back to base every meter post was gone.They were flying all over like pins in a bowling alley.

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  12. Ref TSquared…..and wasn’t it amazing that so many train stations were named “Ausgang”

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