Planning to drive abroad this summer? Millions of us are. But how well do you know your road signs? Although we’re one big European family (at the moment) traffic signs vary from country to country.
Travel giants EasyJet and Europcar commissioned a report that found European traffic signs baffled nearly four in five drivers (89 per cent). Although Euro rules mean many signs are similar, they can look different with Italy and Portugal having particularly confusing signs. How well do you know yours?
#1. What should you prepare for if you see this sign?
Bad luck. A is correct. This sign is Danish but it’s similar throughout Europe warning of a tunnel ahead
#2. A tricky one to finish with. What does this sign signify?
#3. You might come across this sign in an Italian street. The clue is in the red and blue…
Bad luck. B is the correct answer. A blue background with a red line through is the universal sign for no parking
#4. You’ll see this sign in Italy. But what does it say?
Bad luck. It’s C. You’ll have to stop for a pay station
#5. This road sign is from Spain and it’ll probably be on a hill…
Bad luck. A is the right answer. It’s in case you have a brake failure
#6. This is confusing until you remember some countries have unusual parking laws
Bad luck. The correct answer is B. In Italy there are some towns where you’re not allowed to park on either odd (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) or even (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) days of the week
#7. You’ll spot this warning sign beside new roads. Why?
Bad luck. The correct answer is B so drivers should slow down
#8. You’ll probably see this ahead of tunnels in Portugal. But there are variations throughout Europe. What does it mean?
Bad luck. The correct answer is C. No vehicle can carry explosives
#9. Although this is an old sign, you may still see it around in Italy. What should you be wary of?
Bad luck. A is the answer. It’s been replaced by an exclamation mark on many signs
#10. Should you venture to Iceland you’ll see this sign but it does have variations throughout Europe. What does it mean?
Bad luck. A is the right answer. But don’t worry, it really only applies to trucks
#11. What do you do if you see this road sign?
Bad luck. B is the right answer. It’s a Portuguese sign warning of fog
#12. You’ll spot this confusing one in Austria. Any ideas?
Bad luck. B is the right answer. The left-hand lane in the direction you’re travelling in comes to an end meaning two-way traffic