Cautionary Road Signs

These signs are meant to warn the driver about the hazards/situation lying ahead on the road. The driver should obey these for their safety. Though violation of these road sign do not attract any legal action, they are very important for the fact that avoiding them could result in major accidents. Cautionary signs are triangular in shape with red border.

RIGHT HAND CURVE

right hand curve

LEFT HAND CURVE

left hand curve

This sign cautions you about a Right Hand Curve on the road ahead. This helps you in maneuvering vehicle accordingly and nullifies the possibility of accident due to sudden appearance of turn.
This sign cautions you about a Left Hand Curve on the road ahead. This also helps you in maneuvering vehicle accordingly. You get time to slow your speed and set your eyes on the curve. It also reduces the possibility of accident due to sudden appearance of turn.
 
RIGHT HAIR PIN BAND

right hair pin band

LEFT HAIR PIN BAND

left hair pin band

Hair Pin Bends are sharp turns especially on hilly roads. This sign cautions you about a sharp Right turn on the road ahead. It gives time to reduce the speed to manage the turn and also sets eyes of the driver on turn. Absence of this sign could lead to major accidents as sharp bends in hilly road don't get sighted easily.
This sign cautions you about a sharp left turn on the road ahead. These are essentially erected on Hilly roads. It gives time to reduce the speed to manage the turn and also sets eyes of the driver on turn. Absence of this sign could lead to major accidents, as sharp bends in hilly road don't get sighted easily.
 
RIGHT REVERSE BAND

right reverse band

LEFT REVERSE BAND

left reverse band

This road sign indicates the actual design i.e., a sort of Z formation of the road ahead. It cautions the driver about the zigzag turn towards Right. The driver should reduce the speed at the sight of this sign and maneuver the vehicle cautiously.
This road sign indicates the actual design i.e., a sort of Z formation of the road ahead. It cautions the driver about the zigzag turn towards Left. The driver should reduce the speed at the sight of this sign and maneuver the vehicle cautiously.
 
STEEP ASCENT

steep ascent

STEEP DESCENT

steep descent

This road sign indicates that there is steep ascent ahead and driver should get ready to climb and put the vehicle in relevant gear. Most of the times, these signs are found on hilly road where steep ascent and descent are normal part of travel.
This road sign indicates that there is steep descent ahead and driver should get ready to descent by putting the vehicle in relevant gear. One should not try to speed up on descent as it loosens the grip on vehicle. Most of the times, these signs are found on hilly road where steep ascent and descent are normal part of travel.
 
NARROW ROAD AHEAD

narrow road ahead

ROAD WIDENS AHEAD

road widens ahead

When the width of the road decreases and the road merges into a narrow road, there is a possibility that a speeding vehicle may get collide with oncoming traffic. This sign cautions the driver to be careful as the road ahead is narrow.
This sign signifies that the road ahead is wide. The width of the road widens after this sign and thus traffic should adjust accordingly.
 
NARROW BRIDGE

narrow bridge

SLIPPERY ROAD

slippery road

Sometimes road converges to a bridge which is of less width than that of road. This sign is erected before such bridges which are narrower than the road. The driver should reduce the speed and watch for oncoming traffic for safe drive.
This sign indicates the slippery condition of the road ahead. This condition could be due to seepage of water or oil spill etc. The driver should invariably slow down the vehicle at sight of this sign to avoid accident.
 
LOOSE GRAVEL

loose gravel

CYCLE CROSSING

cycle crossing

This sign is usually erected on hilly roads where loose earth or gravel keeps on falling on the road. Driver should drive slowly and carefully after this sign as little carelessness can cause major accidents here.
This road sign indicates that there is a cycle path intersecting the major road. The driver should carefully cross this intersection as cyclist could cross the major road safety.
 
PEDESTRIAN CROSSING

pedestrian crossing

SCHOOL AHEAD

school ahead

Pedestrian is the king of traffic. This sign cautions the driver to either slow down or stop the vehicle and allow the pedestrian to cross the road. The part of road is also demarcated in white strips known as zebra crossing. At zebra crossing the Pedestrian has first right on the road.
This road sign indicates that there is a school ahead/nearby. Driver is required to slow down the vehicle and drive carefully to avoid accidents. Children often try to cross the road by running or make unprecedented moves so for their safety always drive carefully near school.
 
MEN AT WORK

men at work

CATTLE

cattle

This sign shows that there is some repair/cleaning etc.being undertaken on the road and labour is involved in it. People working on road need safety from the traffic and hence this sign is erected before the site of repair on road. The driver should drive slowly and carefully by diverting to ensure the safety of labour.
This sign indicate that there is great possibility of cattle straying on the road. Cattle on road can cause major accidents as animal reacts unpredictably in traffic. So drive carefully wherever you see this sign.
 
FALLING ROCKS

falling rocks

FERRY

ferry

In hilly roads the rocks fall on road during landslides in extreme climates. This sign shows that the road ahead is prone to such falling of rocks and driver should drive carefully to avoid accident.
Sometimes roads are intersected by the river without the provision of bridge. These roads are connected through ferry service. This sign indicates that there is a ferry service to cross the river.
 
CROSS ROAD

cross road

GAP IN MEDIAN

gap in median

This sign tells that there is a crossing of roads ahead. This sign advices that the vehicle should be slowed and intersection should be crossed cautiously by looking on both sides.
This sign indicates that there is a gap in the divider of a Road and there is a provision of U-turn. The driver should slow and take relevant lane to avoid any accident.
 
SIDE ROAD RIGHT

side road right

SIDE ROAD LEFT

side-road-left

This sign tells that there is a right side turn on the road in addition to straight movement of the road. This helps driver in planning his route and also cautions about the additional ad provision.
This sign tells that there is a Left side turn on the road in addition to straight movement of road. This helps driver in planning his route and also cautions about the additional road provision.
 
Y - INTERSECTION Y - INTERSECTION Y - INTERSECTION

← y - intersection →

This road sign depicts the actual formation of road ahead. The road is divided into two forming a shape of Y. This helps driver in managing the intersection carefully.
 
STAGGERED INTERSECTION STAGGERED INTERSECTION

← staggered intersection →

This sign indicates that there is a left and right turns available on the straight road with small distance between them. It is an intersection which does not allow crossing of road.
 
T - INTERSECTION

t-intersection

MAJOR ROAD AHEAD

major road ahead

This sign tells that there is T intersection on the road ahead and there is no forward movement. Traffic has to either turn left or right. This helps driver in planning their movement on road.
This sign is erected on arterial roads before it crosses a major road. It cautions the driver that the road is going to cross over a major road where the traffic could be heavy and faster. This allows the driver to slow the speed and maneuver the intersection safely.
 
ROUND ABOUT

round about

DANGEROUS DIP

dangerous dip

Round-About is a substitute of a road intersection. It allows smooth flow of traffic without the aid of traffic lights. This sign indicates that there is a round-about ahead and the driver to take relevant lane well before maneuvering the round-about.
This sign cautions that there is a dip on road ahead. This sign helps driver to reduce the speed to cross the plunge on road.
 
HUMP OR ROUGH ROAD

hump or rough road

BARRIER AHEAD

barrier ahead

Sometimes there is a hump on road either intentionally created for slowing the traffic or caused by any other reason. This sign cautions the driver that he should reduce the speed to cross the hump comfortably.
Many a times the road passes through toll collection point/check posts etc. One can find barriers on such places. This sign indicates that there is a barrier ahead on the road and vehicle has to stop there.
 
UNGUARDED LEVEL CROSSING

unguarded level crossing (200 meters)

UNGUARDED LEVEL CROSSING

unguarded level crossing (50-100 meters)

This sign indicates that there is a Railway crossing which is not manned by personnel. This unguarded railway crossing has to be crossed by driver himself very cautiously after ensuring that there is no train on the track nearby. This sign also tells that the unguarded level crossing is 200 meters ahead.
This sign indicates that there is a Railway crossing which is not manned by personnel. This unguarded railway crossing has to be crossed by driver himself very cautiously after ensuring that there is no train on the track nearby. This sign also tells that the unguarded level crossing is 50-100 meters ahead.
 
GUARDED LEVEL CROSSING

guarded level crossing (200 meters)

GUARDED LEVEL CROSSING

guarded level crossing (50-100 meters)

Many a times road intersects the railway line. This sign indicates that there is a Railway crossing which is guarded by a person. The driver should take extra precautions and act accordingly. This sign also tells that the guarded level crossing is 200 meters ahead.
Many a times road intersects the railway line. This sign indicates that there is a Railway crossing which is guarded by a person. The driver should take extra precautions and act accordingly. This sign also tells that the guarded level crossing is 50-100 meters ahead.
 

Courtesy:- Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India


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