North Carolina Road Signs & Their Meanings – Driver’s Study Help



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#1. If you are on the main road when you see this sign:

Merging Traffic sign. You are approaching a point where other traffic lanes come together with your lane. Watch for traffic from that direction.


#2. What does this sign mean?

Keep Left. An obstruction or traffic island where traffic must keep left.


#3. A sign with this shape means:

Shape and color make it possible to recognize the various kinds of highway signs at a glance. The yield sign is triangular shaped with the point at the bottom. This sign is red and white with the word yield in large letters at the top.


#4. This road sign means:

The side road sign tells you that there is an intersection ahead (road entering from the right). Watch out for traffic entering from the side road and oncoming traffic turning.


#5. What does this sign mean?

Lane Use. (Double left turns). Lane control signs mark where you can go and where you can turn.


#6. What does this sign mean?

This sign tells you that you are near an area where pedestrians may cross the street. Pedestrians must be given the right of way if they are in marked crosswalks or in unmarked crosswalks formed by imaginary lines extending from the sidewalks across the street.


#7. What should you expect after this sign?

Divided Highway / Divided Highway Begins. Two-way traffic will be divided by a center strip ahead. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.


#8. What is the background color of a warning sign like this?

A highway work zone can be easily identified by unique orange warning signs immediately preceding the work zone. The orange signs with messages in black letters are reserved strictly to identify work zones. In addition to alerting drivers as they approach and enter work zones, black-on-orange signs are used within the work zone to convey specific information and directions to drivers as they travel through the work zone.


#9. The three-sided pennant shape is used for which road signs?

The pennant-shaped, no-passing sign supplements the regulatory do not pass sign. The pennant is located on the left side of a roadway and points to the beginning of a no-passing zone.


#10. The do not enter sign is an example of a regulatory sign and it is:

Do not enter. The sign marks a one-way roadway with traffic coming against you. You must not enter from the direction you are traveling. Remember, this is a square sign with a white horizontal line inside a red ball. The sign is not circular.


#11. What should you expect ahead when you see this sign?

Low clearance / Maximum height.

The overpass has a low clearance. Do not proceed if your vehicle is too tall to pass under.


#12. What does this sign mean?

Bicycle crossing. Bicycles regularly cross or ride beside traffic in this area. Drive with caution.

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The North Carolina Road Signs Recognition Test

Key numbers for your official road signs test in North Carolina:

  Test questions: 12
  Passing score: 80%
  Correct answers: 9
  Time limit: No
  Earliest retest if you fail: 1 day

What is the North Carolina Knowledge Exam?

In North Carolina, the knowledge examination for a learner’s permit or regular driver’s license consists of two tests:

  Step I: Road Sign Recognition Test (12 questions)
  Step II: Road Rules Test (25 questions)

You must pass both tests with a passing score of 80% for DMV to approve your application and issue a learner’s permit or regular license.

What is the Road Signs Test?

The purpose of the North Carolina road signs test is to make sure you can identify and understand some of the most common traffic signs on North Carolina highways.

On the test, you will see 12 road signs (or just shapes and colors of road signs) and you must correctly identify at least 9 of them.

All signs on the test are described in North Carolina Driver Handbook. Study the complete chapter, including the two road sign charts. There is one chart for warning signs and one for regulatory signs.

Remember that you must also have a good understanding of how shapes and colors are used on traffic signs.

The most important colors and shapes are:

Road Sign Colors – North Carolina
Stop, yield, prohibition
General warning signs
Construction and maintenance areas (work zones)
Guide signs that show directions and distances
Guide signs that show services like hospitals and rest areas
Road Sign Shapes – North Carolina
Triangle Yield signs
Diamond Warning signs
Vertical rectangle Regulatory signs
Pentagon School signs
Octagon Stop signs
Circle Railroad advance warning signs

The Handicapped Symbol

In North Carolina, the knowledge tests must always ensure that an applicant recognizes the handicapped international symbol of access.

Handicapped international symbol of access D9 6

No Signs Test When You Renew

You are no longer required to retake the signs test when you renew your North Carolina license.

North Carolina DMV Road Rules Test

You can practice for the second part of your driver’s examination here .

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