Want to know what each road sign in Mississippi means?
Then you’ve come to the right place.
Here, we’re going to give you a complete guide to all Mississippi road signs. We’ll look at:
- Traffic signals
- Traffic signs
- Pavement markings
For each sign, we’ll look at the meaning, as well as give you a visual aid.
There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started right away!
Mississippi Traffic Signals
Traffic signals are lights that are often found at intersections. They tell you when you need to stop, slow down, and go.
|Signal:||Sample Traffic Light:||Meaning:|
|Solid red light||Make a complete stop and remain stopped until the green light turns on|
|Solid yellow light||The light will soon be red so start slowing down. If you are already in the intersection, pass it quickly.|
|Solid green light||Pass the intersection if it is safe to do so. Yield to pedestrians if they are crossing.|
|Green arrow||You are allowed to turn in the pointed direction when it is safe to do so.|
|Yellow flashing arrow||You may turn if you are in the proper lane and it is safe to do so, but you must yield to oncoming traffic.|
|Yellow solid arrow||Works the same way as a solid yellow light – the light is about to turn red so start slowing down.|
|Red light||Stop. You can’t turn in any direction and you can’t go straight.|
|Red light with green arrow||Those going straight must stop while those going to where the arrow is pointed are allowed to turn.|
|Green light and green arrow||You may go straight or turn left.|
|Yellow arrow||The signal is about to turn red. Slow down and prepare to stop.|
|Green light||You may go straight. You can only turn left if the road is clear. You should always yield to oncoming traffic.|
|Yellow light||The signal is about to turn red. Prepare to stop.|
|Flashing red light||Make a full stop first. If it is safe to do so, you can continue, but always yield the right-of-way before passing.|
|Flashing yellow light||Slow down and exercise caution when passing.|
|Pedestrian crossing||You can cross the street.|
|Pedestrian crossing||Don’t cross the street.|
|Flashing pedestrian crossing||You shouldn’t leave the curb. This means that the traffic will start crossing the intersection.|
Mississippi Traffic Signs
Traffic signs use colors, shapes, and text to tell you what you need to do. Some signs are directional while some will be more informative.
In Mississippi, there are 4 types of signs. These include:
- Regulatory signs
- Warning signs
- Guide signs
- Railroad crossing signs
Before we get into that, let’s look at the sign colors and shapes.
Road Sign Colors
|Red||Stop or yield|
|Green||You are allowed to go|
|Blue||Motorist service guidance|
|Orange||Construction or maintenance warning|
|Brown||Public recreation or scenic guidance|
Road Sign Shapes
|Horizontal rectangle||Guide signs|
|Equilateral triangle||Yield signs|
|Pennant||Warning for a no-passing zone|
|Diamond||Warning for possible hazards ahead|
|Vertical rectangle||Regulatory signs|
|Pentagon||School zone or school crossing ahead|
|Round||Warning of a railroad crossing ahead|
|Stop||Make a complete stop and yield to any pedestrian or vehicle that might be a hazard.|
|Yield||Yield the right-of-way or yield to pedestrians.|
|Do Not Enter||You are not allowed to enter the road.|
|Wrong Way||You are going the wrong way. Exit the road as soon as possible.|
|No Left Turn||You cannot make a left turn.|
|No Right Turn||You cannot make a right turn.|
|No U-Turn||You cannot make a U-turn at the intersection, highway, or median.|
|No Turn on red||You cannot make a turn while the traffic signal is red. Wait for it to become green.|
|No Trucks||Trucks are not allowed on this highway.|
|Keep Left/Right||Keep left or right of the island.|
|Right/Left Turn Only||You must turn left/right only.|
|One way||This road only goes in the direction shown.|
|Speed Limit||This is the maximum speed limit under ideal conditions.|
|Center Lane||You are only allowed to use the center lane when making a turn. Do not drive on the road unless you’re turning.|
|Handicapped Parking||The parking space is only for vehicles with a handicap license or temporary hang tag.|
|No Passing Zone||Crossing into the other lane is not allowed.|
Warning signs tell you of a hazard ahead. In most cases, you must slow down and be extra cautious when passing.
In some cases, you need to do more than just slow down. Here are some warning signs with additional meanings.
|School crossing||This is located several blocks from the school zone or at the school zone itself. The sign warns you about children that might cross in the area.|
|School zone||Your speed limit is only up to 15 mph when passing a school zone.|
|Pedestrian crossing||Pedestrians have the right-of-way; yield to them.|
|Exit only||You must continue onto the exit.|
|Stop for your stop sign||This accompanies a stop sign. It indicates that other lanes have the right-of-way and do not have a stop sign.|
|Slow-moving vehicle||This sign is found attached to a vehicle. It warns you that the vehicle ahead is only allowed to travel at 25 mph or less.|
Guide signs tell you about where you are – either on a highway route, interstate route, destination, and direction.
Railroad Crossing Signs
In general, if you are at a railroad crossing, you must stop even if there are no flashing lights. Flashing lights, however, will warn you if there is a train approaching.
|Pavement markings||Warns you of a railroad crossing nearby.|
|Crossbuck sign||Indicates a railroad crossing and the number of tracks ahead.|
|Flashing light signals||Used with the crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing. Stop when the lights are flashing and remain stopped until the lights turn off.|
|Round yellow sign||Warns you of a railroad ahead.|
|Gates||Gates go down when the flashing light starts. Stop before the gates and only pass when the gates are raised and it is safe to do so.|
Mississippi Pavement Markings
Pavement markings are found on the roads to help with directions, lanes, and alerts. These supplement signals to manage traffic and prevent accidents.
|Marking:||What It Looks Like:||Meaning:|
|Broken yellow line||Used to separate traffic lanes moving in opposite directions. You are only allowed to pass a broken yellow lane when it’s safe to do so.|
|Broken yellow line with a solid yellow line||Used to separate lanes that move in the opposite direction. If there is a solid line beside it, the side that has a solid line is not allowed to pass over the lines. |
|Double solid yellow line||Separates lanes traveling in the opposite direction. Passing from either side is not allowed.|
|Broken white line||Separates lanes traveling in the same direction. Passing is allowed only when it’s safe to do so.|
|Single solid white line||Separates lanes traveling in the same direction. Passing is not allowed on both sides of the line. |
Pedestrians are discouraged to cross this line.
|Double solid white line||Separates lanes traveling in the same direction. Passing and crossing are not allowed.|
|Directional arrows||Shows which direction you are allowed to go when approaching an intersection or turn. |
If you are in the left lane with a left arrow, you are required to turn left.
If the arrow is going straight, you are required to go straight.
You must turn right if the arrow is pointing to the right.
|Two-headed arrows||Shows the two directions you’re allowed to go when you’re on the lane. |
For example, a two-headed arrow pointing straight and right will allow vehicles to go either straight or turn right.
|Center lane||The center lane is used only when turning. Vehicles that are in this lane are required to go right/left.|
|Crosswalk||Crosswalks indicate areas on the road where pedestrians can cross. |
Slow down when approaching a crosswalk. If there is a pedestrian crossing, yield to them.
Woah, that’s a lot of Mississippi road signs!
At this point, you’re probably in an information overload, so we won’t push you to memorize all the signs in one go.
However, we recommend familiarizing yourself with these signs since they can help you understand where you’re allowed to go and what to do on the road.