Understanding California Road Signs
Compared to other states, there are less questions about road signs on the California permit test / knowledge test for a full driver license.
You must, however, study all the signs in the California Driver Handbook and make sure you understand what the mean.
A good understanding of the different shapes and colors of California road signs is also very useful. Each shape and each background color have special meanings. By recognizing shapes or colors from a distance, you can be prepared for what to expect ahead.
When you see a blue sign from a distance, as an example, you know that you will find motorist services ahead, like a rest area or gas station.
The California Driver Handbook
You will find all signs, shapes, and colors you need to learn for your knowledge test in the California Driver Handbook. Even if the section about road signs isn’t updated very often, you should make sure you have the latest version of the handbook. Get it from a California DMV office or download it online.
To be a safe driver, you should, of course, know and understand all road signs. The California Handbook only lists the most important signs and the ones that may show up on your permit test.
To test your knowledge of other road signs, you can checkout quizagogo.com. Quiz-A-Go-Go has several U.S. road sign quizzes to help you learn all signs. It’s a great help to be a great driver!
Learn Them Not Only by Name
A common mistake by first-time applicants is to learn the signs only by “name”.
Take these two signs as an example. One is the “Added Lane” sign, the other “Merge” or “Merging Traffic”.
When you study for your California permit, you may think that they mean the same thing. They don’t.
You will see the signs where two roadways come together. One will warn you that traffic entering the highway must mere with the flow of traffic, the other will tell you that merging is not required since a new lane begins and entering traffic can use that lane.
Some of the questions on your California test will make sure that you understand more about the signs than just the name.
This is not always spelled out in the Handbook – which is why you should take several of our practice tests!