Traffic Signs & Pavement Marking
Before the automobile was introduced in America, there were few traffic signs and pavement markings. Accidents involving horse-drawn wagons and carriages usually involved only a single vehicle, and they were more likely to result from a runaway horse or an obstacle in the road than from a failure to yield at an intersection, a lane encroachment or a sharp curve in the road. Nevertheless, there were several instances in the late 1800s involving carriages that collided with streetcars, trolleys and trains. Once the automobile began to gain in popularity, however, collisions between cars and horse-drawn vehicles became more common. One such accident occurred in 1912, but due to the low speed at which the automobile was moving, the occupants of the surrey escaped with only bruises. Venturing out of town in an automobile could be even more challenging. Since there were virtually no road signs, motorists frequently found themselves lost.
Traffic Signs & Pavement Marking – A Brief History
Driving clubs began installing a limited number of road signs around 1900, but it would be more than 20 years before a standardized system of signs was proposed. The first national attempt at standardization occurred in 1935, but the system had to be revised in 1948. As for pavement markings, the now-familiar yellow lines used to separate traffic did not come into use until the 1970s. Many additional pavement markings were developed during the late 20th century.
Why Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings Are Needed
Try to imagine driving on a highway that has no pavement markings and no traffic signs. When another car is approaching, it will be difficult to tell whether it is in your lane. You will have no warning of upcoming curves, dips in the road, railroad crossings or merging traffic. There would be no stop signs, no signal lights and no yield signs. There would be no signs to tell you the names of the streets crossing your line of travel, the direction in which you are traveling or even the name of the street on which you are driving. Driving would be confusing, chaotic and more dangerous.
The confusion and lack of order would not end if you decided to park in an unmarked and unsigned parking lot. You will be unsure of whether to park at a right angle or a left angle, where the no-parking zones are located, whether the traffic aisle is one-way or two-way, where pedestrians cross or whether any spaces are reserved for the disabled, employees, motorcycles, electric vehicles or compact cars.
Whether the pavement is a parking lot or public roadway, eliminating chaos helps improve safety. Drivers and pedestrians face fewer distractions, become less confused and are quickly provided with the rules that they need. This helps reduce your potential liability should a vehicle be damaged or a person injured. It also helps keep drivers and pedestrians happier, making them more likely to patronize your business or visit your town.
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