When you think about it, traffic signs add so much to our lives. Without these invaluable pointers we might never get to where we want to go. Having said that, following them might be even worse in some cases than them not being there in the first place.
1. The Good Luck Traffic Sign
I like to think that the guy who designed this knew exactly what he was trying to say, even if none of us do. I particularly like the generous speeding limit they have given us so that we can kill and maim people while we tie ourselves in knots and wonder why the second exit on the right turns into the first road on the right.
2. The School Traffic Sign
Now, there is being a stickler for punctuality and there is being an officous fool. The line between these two conditions may be thin but it’s there if you look for it. I don’t even know why they felt the need to make this sign. Did the local speed merchants complain about their human rights to drive fast at 8.42 am being infringed? Do people sit in their houses counting the minutes until 2.34 pm?
3. The Lots of Arrows Traffic Sign
Many of the world’s worst traffic signs involve lots of arrows. Arrows are useful things on traffic signs but no so much when you find yourself confronted by 10 of them at once.
4. The Unnecessarily Complex Traffic Sign
All they really had to do here was tell drivers that they need to stay in their lanes. Instead, we get the confusing bunch of arrows which might be enough for you to miss the red light and plough into the Bank of America.
5. The Really Obvious Traffic Sign
It is great to seee that traffic sign makers take into account idiots and those who have lived in the desert all their lives. This is one of the world’s worst traffic signs because, well, just because.
6. The Stop Traffic Sign
I once ended up in a situation similar to this, when the sign I was following led me to a bridge which didn’t exist and the road was too tight to turn around in. Thankfully my mother in law was there so the panicking and blaming people elements of the solution were taken care of. I managed to drive away in the end, in case you are wondering whether I am writing this from there.
7. The Surprise Traffic Sign
If there is one thing I like about driving it is road surprises. It must be like Christmas every day for the commuters who pass this cleverly non specific sign.
8. The Secret Traffic Sign
The Brits have a way of coming up with the world’s worst traffic signs on so many levels. For a start, the place names have all been created by people who bear a grudge against the English language. Then they just can’t avoid being all polite and telling people where to go to destroy what’s left of their empire.
9. The Nuclear Traffic Sign
Now this is how you do it. You only let the bad guys know that you have got nuclear warheads somewhere in their general vicinity. This a brilliant plan which is sure to ensure a thrilling ride for everyone who drives along this road.