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Florida Road Signs (A Complete Guide)

Florida Road Signs (A Complete Guide)

Florida road signs are there for a reason. 

And because of this, it’s important to familiarize yourself with them. 

Also, you don’t want to get an annoying ticket just because you didn’t follow one sign. 

Well, we’re here to help. 

Today, we’re going to give you a complete guide to the Florida road signs. We’ll look at what the sign looks like, as well as its meaning. 

So are you ready?

Let’s dive right in!

Florida Traffic Signs

Traffic signs vary in color, shape, and message. As the name suggests, they are primarily used to guide traffic, as well as give warnings or information. 

Now, let’s understand all the traffic signs you can find on the streets of Florida.

Traffic Sign Colors

ColorMeaningSample Sign
RedStop, do not enter, yield to other vehicles, or wrong-way
OrangeConstruction or maintenance ahead/on-going
YellowGeneral warning of road conditions (e.g. slippery road ahead)
Fluorescent Yellow-GreenArea markers for schools, pedestrians, and bicycles
White / BlackCommand signs for controlling traffic. Can be used to set limits
GreenGives directional information
BlueDriver guidance telling you about gasoline stations, dining places, and hotels/inns. Also used as a guide for disabled drivers
BrownArea signs for public places such as parks, museums, and any historically significant landmarks

Traffic Sign Shapes

ShapeMeaningSample Sign
OctagonStop
TriangleYield
DiamondWarning for existing or possible hazards
PennantNo passing zones
CrossbuckRailroad crossing
RoundRailroad advance warning
PentagonSchool advance/school crossing
Vertical RectangleRules on the road
Horizontal RectangleGuide giving directional information

Florida Regulatory Signs

Now that you understand the traffic sign colors and shapes, let’s look at specific regulatory signs. These give a specific order as to what you should do on the road. 

NameSample SignMeaning
Stop SignMake a complete halt at the stop line. For roads that have no stop lines, halt before the crosswalk. For roads that have no crosswalks, stop just before entering the intersection where you can see the traffic from different sides. 
Four-way stopYou are approaching a 4-way intersection where all vehicles approaching has to stop. The vehicle that reaches the intersection first should move forward first. If vehicles arrive at the same time, the vehicle to the left should yield. 
YieldSlow down and let vehicles pass by giving them the right-of-way. If there are no vehicles, you can proceed slowly. There’s no need to stop.
Do Not EnterUsually found on one-way roads. This sign is self-explanatory. It means that you are not allowed to enter, so you should turn around. 
Wrong-WayTurn around immediately because you are driving the wrong way.
No PassingYou are entering a no-passing zone.
Pass with CareYou can pass, but proceed with caution. 
NO symbolShows what you cannot do. Most of these signs will have words that tell the action you’re not supposed to do. 
No U-TurnYou cannot make a u-turn.
No Right TurnYou cannot make a right turn at the intersection.
Speed LimitYour speed should be lower or equal to the number on the sign. 
Speeding Fines DoubledFines are doubled if you are cited for speeding in the area. This sign is often found near school and work zones. 
Must TurnYou should turn right or left. You cannot go straight.
One WayOne-way road ahead. You should follow the direction where the arrow is pointed. 
Keep RightStay to the right of the divider.
No Turn on RedYou must wait for the green stoplight before turning right.
Left Lane Must TurnVehicles on the leftmost lane should make a left turn at the intersection. If the sign says ‘Right Lane Must Turn Right’, you should turn to the right at the intersection. 
Turn LanesAt the intersection ahead, vehicles in the leftmost lane should turn left. The next lane vehicles can turn to the left or go straight.
No TurnsYou cannot go to the right or the left at the intersection.
Center Turn LaneThe center lane is shared by the two opposite lanes. It can be used for left turns. 
Begin Right TurnYou must yield to bicyclists when you are turning right.
Exit SpeedSlow down to meet the maximum speed limit found on the sign. 
Slower Traffic Keep RightSlower vehicles should keep right or stay in the right lane, especially when they are being overtaken by a faster vehicle.
Restricted Lane AheadA lane ahead is reserved for specific purposes, such as buses or bikes during rush hour.
Emergency Stopping OnlyYou are only allowed to stop in this area if it is an emergency.
No Parking on PavementYou cannot park on the pavement.
Parking by Disabled Permit OnlyParking in this space is reserved only for those who have an official disabled parking permit or who are transporting a person with a disability.
Move OverWhen approaching any emergency or service vehicle with flashing lights, you must let the vehicle pass by moving to another lane. If this is not possible, you should reduce your speed to 20 mph below the speed limit in the area. 

Florida Warning Signs

As we saw, warning signs are yellow and have a diamond shape. These signs give you a heads up on what to expect further down the road. 

NameSample SignMeaning
Reduction of LanesThere will be fewer lanes ahead so those in the rightmost lane should merge slowly with the vehicles on the left. Vehicles on the left should allow the ones on the right to merge. 
Divided Highway AheadKeep to the right as there is a barrier ahead. 
Divided Highway EndsThe divided highway ends 350-500 feet ahead. Expect to be in two-way traffic. Keep right. 
Merging TrafficBe ready to yield the right-of-way to merging traffic ahead.
Pavement EndsGravel or earth road ahead.
Low ClearanceLow clearance area ahead. If your vehicle is taller than the height on the sign, turn around or do not enter. 
Slippery SurfaceThe road becomes slippery when wet, so drive slowly. Avoid speeding up or braking quickly. 
DipThere is a dip on the road ahead. Go slowly and be ready to turn around or move to the side of the dip that is filled with water. 
Bicycle CrossingThere’s a bike lane crossing ahead. Be alert for bicyclists. 
Pedestrian CrossingPedestrians crossing ahead. If there are people crossing, yield and let them pass. 
Animal CrossingWatch for animals that may cross the road. The animal depicted on the sign can change, depending on the common animal that crosses in that area. 
Truck CrossingBe alert for trucks entering the road or crossing. 
Narrow BridgeStay in your lane when you’re on the bridge as it is only wide enough to accommodate two opposite lanes. 
One Lane BridgeThe bridge ahead can only accommodate one lane. Make sure to check oncoming traffic before entering. 
Soft ShoulderDon’t leave the pavement because the ground at the side of the road is soft. 
Right CurveThere’s a right curve ahead. Slow down and don’t overtake vehicles.
Double CurveThere is a double curve ahead (first to the right, then to the left). Slow down and don’t overtake. 
Winding RoadThere are several curves ahead. Slow down and do not overtake. 
Cross RoadA road crosses the main highway where you’re at. Check the left and right as you approach the crossroad. 
Side RoadAnother road enters the highway where you’re at. Watch for approaching traffic to your side. 
Sharp Right TurnThe road turns a sharp right turn. Reduce speed and do not overtake. 
Hill/DowngradeThe road goes downhill ahead. Slow down and be ready to shift to a lower gear if needed. 
Advisory Speed SignThe highest speed you can go when turning is the one stated on the sign. 
Speed Reduction SignThere’s going to be a change in the speed limit ahead.
Yield AheadThere will be a yield sign ahead so slow down and prepare to yield to traffic.
Traffic Signal AheadA traffic signal is right ahead. 
Stop Sign AheadThere is a stop sign ahead. Reduce speed and be ready to stop.
Two-Way Traffic AheadThe one-way street you’re currently on will start to be a two-way street.
Roundabout CircleThere’s a roundabout ahead. Slow down and prepare to yield to oncoming traffic. 

Florida Informational Signs

The last of the Florida traffic signs are informational signs. Let’s take a look at these. 

NameSample SignMeaning
Green guide signsGive information about directions and distance
Blue and white service signsLet you know about services, dining places, gas stations, and motels
Brown and white signsGive information on parks or places with historical significance
511 Traffic Information ServiceProvides real-time traffic updates when the number is called

Florida Traffic Signals

Whether you’re a driver or not, we’re pretty sure you’re familiar with traffic signals (stoplights).

Red means stop. Yellow means prepare to stop. Green means go. 

However, these signals are not just for vehicles. There are traffic signals for pedestrians, too. And these are what we’ll look at.

NameSample SignMeaning
Walk/walking personYou may cross the street.
Don’t Walk/Raised HandDon’t cross or enter the crosswalk. If you’re in the middle of the crosswalk when this shows, quickly cross the street. 
CountdownIt is no longer safe to cross when you see the countdown starting. It starts with a don’t walk flashing light sign and ends with a don’t walk sign that’s steady. 
Rectangular Rapid Flashing beaconPush the button found on the street light by the sidewalk to signal that you are about to cross. 
Yellow lightWhether it’s steady or flashing, this means that a pedestrian has activated the push button. Drivers should slow down and yield to pedestrians. 
Red lightIf it’s steady, drivers should stop and let the pedestrians pass. If it’s flashing and there are no pedestrians, proceed with caution. 

Florida Zones of Caution

Zones of caution refer to construction/maintenance signs or signals. Here are the zones of caution signs in Florida. 

NameSample SignMeaning
Construction and Maintenance SignsThese signs are often orange and diamond-shaped. This warns you of construction or maintenance happening ahead.
You might see barricades or vertical panels on the road to keep traffic away from the construction site. 
Flashing Arrow PanelsGives oncoming traffic directions on where to go or if it is necessary to move to another lane.
FlaggersWhile not exactly road signs, these are people who carry road signs in construction or maintenance zones. They will often wear reflective gear and have red flags or signs.

Florida Pavement Markings

Last but not least are pavement markings. Pavement markings are lines and symbols painted on the road to help direct traffic and guide drivers on when and where they can turn, park, or overtake. 

NameSample SignMeaning
Edge LinesEdge lines can be solid yellow or white lines.  A solid white line marks the edge of the roadway to the right. A solid yellow line marks the left edge of the road in one-way streets and highways. 
White Lane LinesSingle broken white lines are found in same-direction lanes. You may cross this line to overtake.
Single solid white lines mean you can’t overtake since it may be a hazard to do so. 
Double solid white lines mean crossing or changing lanes is not allowed
Yellow Lane LinesSingle broken yellow lines direct you to stay to the right of the line. You may cross this line on the left to overtake the car ahead of you.
Double solid yellow lines mean vehicles in opposite directions are not allowed to cross the lines
Double yellow solid lines with a broken line on the right/left mean passing/crossing is not allowed where the line is solid
Turn LanesMarked with either a curved arrow or two curved arrows. 
For one curved arrow, it shows which direction you’re only allowed to turn. 
For two curved arrows, drivers from either direction can take left turns.
Reversible LanesFound on some highways where traffic lanes can be changed to manage rush-hour traffic
Bicycle LanesExclusive bike lanes are solid white and usually have a bike symbol on the road
Shared-use lanes are also known as sharrows. This lane is for both motorists and cyclists
White Stop Lines and CrosswalksWhite stop lines are found just before a crosswalk. This indicates that you should stop behind the line to make way for pedestrians. 
Crosswalks are marked with solid white lines or diagonal lines. This is where pedestrians should cross. 

Summary

That was your complete guide to Florida road signs. 

Yes, there are a lot of signs to take in. However, most of them are pretty self-explanatory by themselves. 

So make sure you look out for these signs and follow them. 

Remember, they are all there for a reason. 


Safe driving!

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