Road Signs and Signals
Drivers’ communication is mostly non verbal therefore you must memorise all sign and signals not only for passing the test but for your own benefit. Hand signals are also important in communication with other road users.
We have 5 classes of road signs and signals in Zimbabwe.
1. CLASS A ( DANGER WARNING SIGNS)
The insignia is a red triangle with yellow background or hollow centre. Inscriptions and approved symbol or graphics are used. The robot-ahead sign does not use any triangle.
2. CLASS B (REGULATORY SIGNS)
Also known as Mandatory signs. They regulate our roads and failure to obey them is an offence. The insignia is a red circle. With inscriptions and approved symbols or graphics. The Rail/Road level crossing sign is one example of regulatory sign that does not carry the red of a regulatory sign that does not carry the red circle symbol.
3. CLASS C (INFORMATIVE SIGN)
Informative sign provide us with necessary information of the places or roads we are driving in. the rectangular shape is mostly used except for the de-restriction sign which is circular.
4. CLASS D (TRAFFIC LIGHTS SIGNALS)
It is in this group where we find the helpful traffic robot lights. Take note that a robot does not physically stop cars when it turns red to other road users. Therefore if it turns green as you face it, proceed with caution. Amber in sequence is a warning to stop.
Flashing amber is a sign of a malfunctioning robots, proceed with caution and give way to traffic approaching from your right. Red means stop.
5. CLASS E (CARRIAGE WAY MARKINGS)
These are markings on the road surfaces. Some guide us to keep our lanes such as longitudinal lines. Others have a regulatory effect such as the STOP or Transverse lines. Obeying all of the markings will ensure a smooth flow of traffic on our roads.