I wouldn't worry, but you should be prepared. International road signs MAY be different from what you're used to.
You may not pay much attention to many of the informational ones because you know...
But you're probably not familiar with any of the above in a new destination.
You have a rental car, and you don't want to break a law.... and even though those road signs are international and intuitive, you may not be familiar with them AND you may not think at first that they are all that intuitive!
You'd better have a basic understanding before you rent that car.... or at least know that you're looking for something different. While there are basic international road signs, they can vary slightly by country. There are too many for us to list here, so it's best to check a guide book or a map that can help you interpret them or check below.
Some advisory signs may even make you laugh... We've collected photos of a few roadsigns that have confused or amused us... but take them seriously; know what they mean so you don't screw up.
International road signs may be different than you're used to at home... and they may be not only in a different language, but maybe in a different alphabet! The first road sign we saw in Greece was.... well Greek to us!
A friend of ours driving in Death Valley, California wondered if this drunkenly leaning sign meant no feeding drunken, red-nosed coyotes or just what.
What ARE these?
OK.... These are:
2) No entry
3) You have priority over oncoming traffic
4) Closed to vehicles, and
5) No stopping.
If you didn't know what they meant, find a good map or guidebook for the country you'll be visiting.... one that gives you an explanation of their version of international road signs. Take it with you when you drive.
You can also check with your automobile association like the AAA for some help with the basics. And here's a site on Icelandic Traffic Signs that's a great example of the wide variety of international road signs you might encounter and what a different language might look like (if you don't speak Icelandic).
Since colors and shapes can vary for speed signs, warning signs, caution signs, information signs, prohibitory signs (stop signs), and all the rest, it's best to get good information about the signs in the country you will be visiting.
While the authorities may be sympathetic to tourists, you'll be lucky if you get off with advice and a warning..... they can give you a ticket if you break the law. Just do a little research, pay attention, and you'll have a great time.
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Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark
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