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



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#1. This sign means:

Low clearance / Maximum height.

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


#2. This sign means:

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.


#3. This sign means:

The octagonal (eight-sided) shape is used for stop signs only. The stop sign is usually posted six to 50 feet from the intersection. When you approach this sign, the law requires you to come to a full stop. Do not proceed to move again until you are sure the way is clear.


#4. What should you do when you see this sign?

Keep right. A divided highway or traffic island where traffic must keep right is ahead. Stay on the right side of the divider.


#5. You approach this road sign. What should you do?

This sign tells you to stay in the right-hand lane if you are driving slower than other vehicles on the road.


#6. You approach this sign. What should you expect ahead?

Traffic signal ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary.


#7. Which of the following would be indicated by circular road sign?

A circular sign, with a black cross and the black letters RR on a yellow background, gives advance warning of a railroad crossing.


#8. What does this sign mean?

Crossroad. A road crosses the main highway ahead. Look in all directions for other traffic.


#9. A highway work zone can be easily identified by signs that are:

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.


#10. When you see this sign:

Merging Traffic sign. This sign is posted where two lanes come together to form one lane.


#11. This sign warns you of:

Turn sign. There is a sharp turn to the right in the road ahead.

You should reduce speed. The turn is too sharp to take at the regular highway speed.

The turn sign is used instead of a curve sign where the advisory speed is of 30 mph or less. An advisory speed sign may be attached.


#12. When you see a sign with this shape, color, and symbol, you must:

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.

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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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