Sign observation ties in directly to scanning. When you are driving you’re constantly scanning your surroundings for clues and potential hazards. There are many road signs posted near roads to help drivers make informed decisions. For example, speed limits are usually posted at the start of intersections so when making a turn onto a new street scan to see the post speed limit. Similarly there can be signs warning you of sharp turns up ahead or a steep hill, or a hidden intersection coming up. if you are not familiar with all the signs, you should review them by visiting ICBC’s website get a digital copy of the learn to drive smart book in which all the common traffic signs are explained. Here are a just a few guidelines to help you better understand signs. The color of the signs are important. Speed signs that have the white background are the law, so you must follow the speed posted during the times in which they are in effect. Speed signs with a yellow background are recommendations. So if you are coming up to a curve in the road and there is a yellow speed sign suggesting that you go 30km/hr you can choose to go the regular speed limit if you think that the road conditions allow for it. But if it’s raining really hard or snowing then you make decide to listen to the recommendation. The diamond signs are usually telling you about a hazard up ahead, hence the pointy top. The obstruction keep left, or keep right side, look like this and you can think of it as a person point to left or the right with their finger. Blue and green background signs are informational signs telling about exits coming up or gas stations etc. White background signs with some type of arrow and a green circle around the arrow is telling you the permitted action. So you can only perform that action. Signs with a black background and a white arrow tells you about what the use of the the lane is so if it’s turn up ahead or going straight through. There are a lot of signs out there so be sure to have a good understanding of all of them. If you’re not sure about a sign, ask a driving school or your driver licensing office for more information.