Preparing for your Kansas permit test?
Want to ensure you obey all the traffic rules?
Trying to be the safest driver you can be?
Whatever the case, you need to familiarize yourself with the Kansas road signs.
But we know that’s easier said than done.
This is why, here, we’ve compiled a complete guide to all the traffic signals, traffic signs, and pavement markings in Kansas. This way, you can get a general idea of the signs you see along the road.
Plus, we’ll include pictures and descriptions, so it will be easier to memorize.
Without further ado, let’s begin!
Kansas Traffic Signals
Traffic signals refer to steady or blinking lights you mostly find in intersections. These help manage the flow of traffic so that collisions and accidents are avoided.
Now, whether you drive or not, we’re pretty sure you know about these traffic signals. And because of that, let’s just briefly go over them.
|Steady red light||Make a full stop before entering the intersection. You must stop before the line of a crosswalk or before the entrance of the intersection.|
|Steady yellow light||The traffic light is about to change to red. If you’re in the middle of the intersection, quickly cross it. If you haven’t entered the intersection, slow down and make a complete stop if the traffic at the back allows it.|
|Steady green light||You can pass through the intersection; however, stay alert for crossing pedestrians. You can turn to the left if there is no incoming traffic.|
Flashing red light
|Make a full stop behind an intersection or crosswalk before you cross. During this stop, look at both ways and make sure to follow the right of way.|
|Flashing yellow light||Slow down and proceed with caution as you enter the intersection.|
|Red arrow||You’re required to stop and wait for the green arrow before you turn toward the traffic light’s direction.|
|Yellow arrow||The green arrow is about to end. Start slowing down and prepare to stop.|
|Green arrow||You are allowed to proceed in the direction indicated on the traffic light.|
Kansas Traffic Signs
Traffic signs, on the other hand, are less familiar, which is why we’ll spend our time here. These signs can be warning signs, work zone signs, regulatory signs, or guide signs.
Let’s look at each in detail.
Warning signs are always colored yellow and often have a diamond shape. It is called “warning” as it is used to tell you of a hazard ahead or a change in direction probably due to a work zone, no passing zone, or a school zone.
If you see a warning sign, start slowing down and be ready to stop when necessary. Yield to pedestrians and follow the right-of-way when there is merging traffic ahead.
Here are the warning signs in Kansas:
Railroad Crossing Warning Signs
Railroads will have different types of warning signs. Let’s look at these.
|A warning sign that shows there’s a railroad crossing ahead. Start slowing down and listen if there is an approaching train.|
|This sign is placed right where the railroad tracks are. Make a full stop. If the intersection is clear, you may pass.|
|Tells you how many tracks are ahead.|
|Some railroad crossings will have a sign and a gate that will prevent you from crossing the railroad. This gate will go down when there is a train approaching. Always stop before this gate and wait for it to be fully raised before crossing the intersection.|
Work Zone Signs
Work zone signs indicate construction or maintenance sites nearby. It is always colored orange.
Now, some signs will be warnings while others will tell you where to take a detour.
There may also be people near the work zone that will hold up signs such as a stop sign, a direction sign, or lights (at night).
Regulatory signs tell you of traffic rules that you must obey. It can come in many colors but is usually white with black, red, or yellow markings.
Let’s look at the regulatory signs in Kansas.
|Signs with a red slash||You’re not allowed to turn in the direction found on the sign.|
|Speed limit signs||Indicates the maximum or minimum speed allowed on the roadway.|
|School speed limit when flashing sign||Found before a school and shows the required speed limit when passing the school zone. The speed limit of the school zone should be followed when the lights are flashing.|
|Lane control signs||Tells you where you can go|
|Stop sign||You’re required to stop before the sign and yield the right of way.|
|Yield sign||Slow down and follow the right-of-way|
|Shared center lane left turn only||Indicates the lane that’s reserved for left turns only. This lane shouldn’t be used for regular passing.|
|No turn on red||You are not allowed to make a free right turn when the traffic signal is red.|
|Stop here on red||Stop where the sign indicates when the red light is turned on.|
|Do not block the intersection||You are not allowed to stop, park, or block the intersection. Never block traffic in any direction of the intersection.|
|Left turn yield on green||Turning left is permitted but you must first yield to oncoming traffic|
|One-way street||Indicates a one-way lane in the direction of the arrow.|
|Do not pass||You are not allowed to pass on the road ahead.|
|Pass with care||You are approaching a passing zone. You may only pass when it’s safe.|
|Keep right||Keep to the right of the roadway|
|Slower traffic keep right||Found on multi-lane highways, this tells slower vehicles to stay in the right lane.|
|Do not enter||Do not enter the roadway ahead. These signs are found at the end of exit ramps or on one-way streets.|
|Wrong way||You are going in the wrong direction. Make a turn right away and exit the roadway.|
Guide signs, as the name suggests, give information on nearby locations, services, and towns. These signs are either red, brown, or green in rectangular or square signs.
Let’s now look at the different types of guide signs in Kansas.
Destination signs are either green or brown. These signs tell you how far you are from a certain town or state (green signs) and parks (brown signs).
Service signs are blue and have an icon indicating what’s ahead, such as hospitals, lodgings, gas stations, etc.
Route Number Signs
Route number signs can vary in shape but always indicate the route number. That said, these signs won’t have state or interstate names, so it’s best to check a map when navigating.
Incident signs are only there temporarily and are used when there is an emergency, accident, or spill.
Kansas Pavement Markings
Besides signals and signs, Kansas also has pavement markings to direct traffic and tell where to pass, turn, stop, etc.
But instead, these markings are found on the road.
|Two-direction roadway with broken lines||Passing or turning can be done across the broken lines|
|Two-direction roadway with one broken line and one solid line||Passing can be done from the lane that has the broken line on its side. The lane that has a solid line is not allowed to pass.|
|Two-direction roadway with two solid lines||Passing across solid lines is not allowed.|
|One direction roadway with broken lines||Passing across the dashed lines is allowed.|
|Crosswalk||Stop in front of the crosswalk. Be alert if pedestrians are crossing before you go (when the green light is on).|
|Reversible lane||During rush hours, these lanes can be changed in terms of the direction of traffic. |
A green arrow will tell you that you can pass on that lane in the direction of the arrow.
A yellow flashing “X” means that the lane is for turning.
A steady yellow “X” means that the direction of the lanes is changing.
A red “X” means that you are passing in the wrong direction.
|Reserved lane||Reserved lanes are for special vehicles such as buses, bicycles, or high occupancy vehicles. Do not occupy these lanes.|
And that concludes your complete guide to the Kansas road signs.
Yes, we know, there’s a lot.
But once you know about the different signals, signs, and markings, it will be easier to spot them and figure out what it means.
And if you ever forget, you can always refer back to this guide.