Two Road Signs That You Might Mix Up
The symbols on these two road signs sometimes create confusion. New drivers might mix up the “slippery when wet” sign with the “winding road” sign. For your driver examination, it is important that you recognize both signs and know what they mean.
Slippery When Wet
The Slippery When Wet sign is used to warn of unexpected slippery conditions. This usually means that a part of the roadway becomes more slippery in wet or cold weather. Expect to see the sign close to bridges and overpasses, which freeze first in cold and wet weather. They also dry out last. In wet or cold weather, you must slow down and drive with caution.
Signs may emphasize the risk by a supplemental plaque with a legend such as ice or when wet.
Plaques with the words “Steel Deck” or “Excess Oil” are also used to indicate the reason that the slippery conditions might be present.
When there are two turns or two curves ahead, you will typically see the yellow Reveres Turn or Reverse Curve sign. These signs tell you to slow down and be prepared to turn first to the right or left, and then in the opposite direction.
When you approach any of the signs below, you turn left and then right.
You will see the Winding Road sign where there are three or more curves or turns – a winding road. Each turn or curve are normally separated by less than 600 feet. Slow down before you reach the curve or turn.
You may find an advisory speed plaque below the sign. Slow down to the recommended speed. In adverse weather conditions, you should slow down even more.
There may also be a distance plaque, telling you how many miles of winding road you should expect.
Will These Signs Be on Your DMV Written Test?
Yes, there is a great chance you will see one of these signs (or both) on your test.
Three Other Signs That Are Easy to Mix Up
Three other road signs that are very easy to mix up are Divided Highway Begins, Divided Highway Ends, and Two-Way Traffic. Learn what they mean and how to tell them apart here: Mixed Up Signs.
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