Want to ace the Connecticut permit test?
Don’t want to get in trouble by disobeying a simple traffic sign?
Want to be a safe driver?
Whatever the reason, it’s a good thing to learn the Connecticut road signs.
And this is why, today, we’re taking the time to give you a complete guide to all these signs, signals, and markings.
So without further ado, let’s look at the signs and their meanings.
Connecticut Pavement Markings
Pavement markings help lane control. Without them, anyone can just overtake, park, turn, or ignore pedestrians. And you can probably already tell that will lead to disaster.
So to organize traffic and avoid accidents, the Connecticut DMV created the following pavement markings:
|Solid white lines||Edge Lines (side of the road)||Edge lines on the right side of the road|
|Solid yellow lines||Edge Lines (side of the road)||Edge lines on the left side of the road|
|Dashed white lines||Lane Lines||Found between roads with cars moving in the same direction. You can change lines if needed|
|Solid white lines||Lane Lines||You are not allowed to change lanes, except for emergency situations|
|Dashed yellow lines||Center Lines||Found between roads with cars moving in the opposite direction. Allows overtaking|
|Solid yellow lines||Center Lines||Found between roads with cars moving in the opposite direction. Does not allow overtaking|
|Dashed yellow lines beside solid yellow lines||Center Lines||Overtaking is allowed on the side of the dashed line only.|
|Solid double yellow lines||Center Lines||For roads that have lanes where cars move in opposite directions. Marks the center of the highway.|
These lines can be crossed when making a left turn only
|Shared Center Lanes||Center Lines||To mark areas in the center lane where you can make left turns or U-turns.|
|Crosswalk||Crosswalks||Indicate where pedestrians may cross the road. Cars are required to stop before the crosswalk|
|Various vehicle images||Reserved Lanes||Indicates to which vehicle the road is reserved for (e.g. bike lanes show a bicycle sign at the side of the road)|
For other road markings, you can check out the Connecticut DMV Handbook.
Connecticut Traffic Signals
Traffic signals are the lights that you see at stoplights. These are usually found at intersections or right-turn or left-turn lanes.
As you probably know, there are only 3 colors used in traffic signals.
For a quick review, here are the meanings of each color.
- Red – means that you should stop. You don’t need to go into park mode, but you have to fully stop until the light turns green. If you are at a crossroads, make sure to stop right before the pedestrian lane.
- Yellow – means that you have to slow down because the red light is about to turn on. If you are crossing an intersection and the yellow light turns on, you have to continue crossing the road. Do not stop if you’re in the middle of the intersection.
- Green – means that you can go and cross an intersection. However, if there are emergency vehicles, pedestrians, or right-of-way vehicles, you need to make way and let them pass first.
There are some variations in these traffic signals that you may also encounter. Here is the meaning of flashing lights or arrows:
- Flashing red light – this means the same as a full red light – you should do a full stop before crossing the intersection. However, you can go ahead if it is safe to do so.
- Flashing yellow light – this means that you need to slow down and proceed carefully at the intersection.
- Red arrow to the left/right – You cannot proceed to your desired direction until the green light is turned on.
- Yellow arrow to the left/right – You need to slow down and proceed with caution. If you are only just approaching the intersection, prepare to do a full stop.
- Green arrow to the left/right – You can go in your desired direction as long as there is no incoming vehicle
Connecticut Traffic Signs
So the pavement markings and traffic signals are pretty basic. Anyone that has been driving for a while knows them.
But when it comes to the road signs, or traffic signs, that’s a different story.
This is why we’re going to put the rest of our focus here.
In Connecticut, they use shapes to help you identify the sign. This is so you won’t take your eyes off the road too long.
Let’s look at the most common sign shapes in Connecticut:
|Octagon||Do a full stop and follow the right-of-way rules for pedestrians and other vehicles|
|Triangle||Slow down as you approach the sign and yield to the right-of-way rules. Stop if necessary.|
|Diamond||Slow down and drive with caution. Diamond signs tell you that there may be hazards ahead.|
|Rectangle||These often have text or instructions on them. They may be in horizontal or vertical orientations.|
|Pentagon||These are warning signs for school zones and pedestrian crossings. You should slow down and be alert.|
|Circle||Slow down and listen for trains approaching.|
|Pennant (triangular sign similar to a flag)||Signifies that you are approaching a no-passing zone|
Connecticut also uses colors in their road signs
Here’s what the sign colors mean:
- Red – should do a full stop. This sign can also be in black or white.
- Yellow/orange – slow down as these are warning signs. It may also signify hazards or construction sites ahead.
- Green – used to indicate the distance to where you are headed.
- Blue – usually used for guide signs
- Brown – for parks and recreational sites
Here are the most common regulatory signs that you will see on the Connecticut road:
|Stop||Octagonal sign that is in red with white letters||You should do a full stop as you approach the area with the sign. If there is no stoplight, you have to wait for pedestrians and vehicles to cross before you go.|
|Yield||Downward pointing triangle with the word ‘yield’||Give way to other vehicles crossing|
|Do Not Enter||Circular sign with a horizontal line in between words||You are prohibited from entering the road, usually found in one-way streets or parking lanes|
|Wrong-Way||Horizontal sign||Indicates that you are entering from the wrong direction. It can also signify that the lane is one way, so you should make a turn.|
|No U-Turn||U arrow with a diagonal cross over it||Shows that u-turns are not allowed in that area|
|Crossed left/right turn||Left/right arrows with a diagonal cross over it||Left or right turns are not allowed|
|One Way||Arrow pointed in one direction||Indicates one-way streets. Enter only if you’re following the same direction.|
|Left or Through Sign||One arrow pointing straight ahead and one arrow turning to the left||The lane is splitting into separate directions, depending on where the arrows are pointed|
|Keep Right||Curvy arrow moving to the right of an island||Keep to the right because you are approaching a traffic island or an obstruction|
|No Passing Signs||Do Not Pass||You are not allowed to pass through because of a possible hazard. Look at the road markings on where you can go once you approach this sign|
|Disabled Parking||Person sitting in a wheelchair with an arrow at the bottom||Select parking spaces are only for disabled individuals or those vehicles carrying a disabled person|
And here are the most common warning signs in Connecticut:
|Signal Ahead||Warning that there is a traffic signal ahead|
|Stop Ahead||A stop sign is ahead, so start slowing down and be ready to stop|
|Reduction in Lanes||Used in multi-lane highways to tell you that the lanes will be reduced. You should be prepared to change lanes|
|No Passing||Marks a no-passing zone|
|Merge||Two lanes will be merging into one|
|Pedestrian Crossing||Slow down and be careful of people crossing the road|
|School Zone||Slow down to not higher than 25 MPH. Be cautious of students crossing the road|
|School Zone Cross Walk||Warns you of a school zone crosswalk ahead. If there is an arrow pointing downward, it means that you are in the area of the crosswalk|
|Slippery When Wet||The road becomes slippery when the pavement is wet. Make sure to reduce speed and do not brake right away or too hard.|
|Two-Way Road Way||You are leaving a divided roadway and are approaching a two-way highway|
|Divided Highway Begins||The highway ahead is going to split into two roadways due to a median or an island|
|Change in Direction||There is a change in the direction of the road ahead.|
Guide signs act as guides telling you where you are, what route number you are in, and if the nearby area is a park, school, or service area.
Work Area Signs
Work area signs indicate that there is a construction site, cleaning, or utility work ahead. If you approach these signs, you should slow down or find a new lane.
Some signs will tell you to take a detour with an arrow indicating an alternative route. Some signs will also mention the type of work. For example, shoulder work or utility work.
Common Crossing Signs
There are three common crossing signs:
- Railroad Crossing – has two ‘R’s’ separated by an ‘X’ in between. This means that you are passing a railroad
- Railroad Crossing – two panels with the words ‘railroad’ and ‘crossing’ forming an X. This means that you need to yield to the trains approaching
- Railroad Crossbuck and Flashing Lights – railroad gates often have a large sign with the railroad crossing and blinking lights attached to it. If the lights are flashing, you need to stop. The gates of the railroad will also start going down.
So that was our guide to the Connecticut road signs.
As you can see, there are a lot out there.
But if you memorize the basics and most common ones, you should be good.
You’ll not only be the safest driver if you follow these signs, but you won’t have to get an annoying ticket.
Plus, it just might help you pass the Connecticut permit test.
So we hope that this article has helped you!