Corner Park Garages - Swansea Branch


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  • Corner Park Garages, Swansea Fabian Way, Swansea, SA1 8QB

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  • 01792 478 201
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  • 01792 478 209
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  • 01443 235 822
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  • 01792 478 200

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  • Tuesday09:00 - 19:30
  • Wednesday09:00 - 19:30
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  • Friday09:00 - 19:30
  • Saturday09:30 - 18:00
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    Corner Park Garages - Cardiff Branch


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  • Corner Park Garages, Llantrisant Road, Llantrisant, Mid Glamorgan, CF72 8YR

  • Sales
  • 01443 235 831
  • Finance manager
  • 01443 235 829
  • After Sales
  • 01443 235 822
  • Sell us your car
  • 01792 478 200

  • Opening Times
  • Monday09:00 - 19:30
  • Tuesday09:00 - 19:30
  • Wednesday09:00 - 19:30
  • Thursday09:00 - 19:30
  • Friday09:00 - 19:30
  • Saturday09:30 - 18:00
  • Sunday10:00 - 18:00

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UK's most confusing road signs

Corner Park Garages, Swansea and Cardiff

October 31, 2017 at 7:18 PM

Road signs can be a nightmare to fathom. Although we all like to think of ourselves as competent and learner drivers, even the most accomplished driver can still be stumped by the occasional sign. Here we outline some of the more confusing UK road signs and how to be more mindful when we next see them.

 

Staying Up-to-date

In a survey conducted by the car servicing company Kwik Fit in 2016, it found that the average UK driver is aware of only 79% of all road sign meanings. With such an impressively low road awareness, it is important that all drivers — no matter the age or experience — stay up-to-date with their road sign knowledge. It all sounds quite simple in basic theory; rectangles inform, triangles are warning signs, blue circles are positive instructions and red circles are prohibitions, and so on. But not all signage is this straightforward. What does a C mean? What about red borders? And what about that flag waving in the wind? With these questions in mind, here are the signs that cause Brits the most bother.

 

  • Blue circular signs with a number and a red slash: This circular blue sign with a red slash through it stumps a lot of drivers. It simply means that a recommended minimum speed area (here 30mph) has come to an end. Even the standard sign for a minimum speed limit (blue circle) seems to baffle some people.
  • Circular sign with a red border: Another difficult sign to decipher, this one means that all vehicles are prohibited in the area except for bicycles which are being pushed by pedestrians. Perhaps this is confusing because we are so used to seeing the type of prohibited vehicle illustrated within the sign.
  • White cross with a red border: Level crossing signs are often depicted as red triangles with either a gate (for a gated crossing) or a train (for a crossing with no gate). This particular sign featuring a red bordered white cross has proven to be confusing for some; it indicates that there is an open level crossing without a barrier or gate ahead.
  • White cross with a red border: Level crossing signs are often depicted as red triangles with either a gate (for a gated crossing) or a train (for a crossing with no gate). This particular sign featuring a red bordered white cross has proven to be confusing for some; it indicates that there is an open level crossing without a barrier or gate ahead.
  • Red circle with a large white C: You could be excused for not knowing this sign if you are not a London local, but apparently even some Londoners are unaware of this sign. It indicates a congestion charging zone ahead.
  • National Speed Limit Circle: No, this sign does not indicate the "end" of a speed restriction, but rather the application of the national speed limit.
  • Red triangle with waving flag: This sign has nothing to do with flags or races, it is a warning of crosswinds.
  • Warning triangle with an aeroplane: This one confuses many as it is an indication not of a plane per say, but of sudden aircraft noise.
  • Circle with a car, explosion and a red border: This rather obvious — but unusual —sign means "no vehicles carrying explosives".

 

Whether you are brushing up on your comprehension or confounded by a recent sign when in doubt, reference the highway code.

UK's most confusing road signs



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