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View Poll Results: North American (USA, Canada, Mexico) vs. European road signs and system?
I like the North American ! 19 41.30%
I like the European ! 23 50.00%
Don't know the North American/European 4 8.70%
Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-26-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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North American (USA, CANADA, MEXICO) and European road signs are quite different from each other. For example warning signs in Europe (except Ireland) are triangle-shaped, while in North America they are diamond-shaped. Road signs in North America tends to be easier to understand than some of the European ones'.

Which road signs and system do you prefer?
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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I find the North American road signs more visually attractive but they still use too many words as opposed to pictograms, especially in the U.S. The use of pictograms has increased steadily in North America, and hopefully this will continue.

Pictograms are used more in Europe, although even there there are still quite a few words, though not so much as in the U.S.

Ideally, almost everything road signs except place and street names should have a universally recognizable pictogram-type illustration.
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:12 PM
 
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I find the North American road signs more visually attractive but they still use too many words as opposed to pictograms, especially in the U.S. The use of pictograms has increased steadily in North America, and hopefully this will continue.

Pictograms are used more in Europe, although even there there are still quite a few words, though not so much as in the U.S.

Ideally, almost everything road signs except place and street names should have a universally recognizable pictogram-type illustration.
I know but many European road signs are hard to know, especially for visitors. For example NO PARKING/STANDING signs in Europe are blue and red X or /
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:30 PM
 
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For those not familiar with what is used in Europe, follow this link: scroll "road traffic signs and signals"

Portugal Driving Direction - Regulations - Road Signs
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska (most of the time)
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Funny thread - one of the things that make me homesick in the US is actually the road signs ...

I much prefere the European model (although I prefere the Swedish model over the continental - for the same reason I prefere the European over the North American) because it's easier to see them. The US are easier to understand (and there aren't that many either), but much of the time, they are virtually hidden against the background.

In Sweden the speed signs are colourfull, in the US they are black on white. Come winter, guess who's speeding/driving too slowly ...
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Funny thread - one of the things that make me homesick in the US is actually the road signs ...

I much prefere the European model (although I prefere the Swedish model over the continental - for the same reason I prefere the European over the North American) because it's easier to see them. The US are easier to understand (and there aren't that many either), but much of the time, they are virtually hidden against the background.

In Sweden the speed signs are colourfull, in the US they are black on white. Come winter, guess who's speeding/driving too slowly ...
In North America there are different types of road signs. Black on white are for regulatory signs. Yellow diamond shaped for warning signs, and red on white for STOP or YIELD signs. Red on white means prohibited, and green on white means allowed. Orange for construction/road work. How easy could that be?

The Swedish Yield sign is ugly, and No stopping/standing is hard to understand. "Annan fara !" is ununderstandable symbol with just an " l" instead of "!" like continental Europe lol.

Center line dividing opposite traffic is white in Sweden, while it is yellow in North America (but also in Norway and Finland).

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Old 07-28-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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Which road signs and system do you prefer?
European ones.
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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I think it would be very confusing with american road signs in Sweden.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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I voted for Europe because many our signs include words and I think it should only be symbols, because then you have to speak English to understand them.
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Murika
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I prefer European signs because they do not need to rely on words to convey their meaning and thus, can be understood by anyone, regardless of their native language.
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