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View Poll Results: Which has better overhead road signs on highways?
U.S./Canada 10 23.26%
Europe 33 76.74%
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Old July 16th, 2013, 11:12 PM   #1
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Better overhead road signs... US vs. EU

Which has overall better looking / nicer and more easier overhead road signs on highways?
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Old July 16th, 2013, 11:15 PM   #2
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Old July 16th, 2013, 11:56 PM   #3
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There are 28 countries in the EU with different overhead road signs each. Some of them are better than in the US, some of them are worse.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 11:57 PM   #4
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2 of 4 of those signs posted are not overhead signs either. Random googled pics are not really impressive as well.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:07 AM   #5
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There are 28 countries in the EU with different overhead road signs each. Some of them are better than in the US, some of them are worse.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 02:40 AM   #6
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Overhead signage on the E4 in Stockholm, Sweden.








Very clear and easy to follow, except for the exit numbers which were only introduced 10 years ago or so.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 03:07 AM   #7
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True.... But that does not make it nicer than US/Canada. I do not like big letter on cities.
It should say 1 km, not 1000 m. Use km on roads too. Anything less than 1 km could be m.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 04:50 AM   #8
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There's a whooole forum here for you to check out if you want to see road sign pictures from other countries
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Old July 17th, 2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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It seems you came here to tell us about how American overhead signs are better than European. I gotta tell you - it is a matter of habit.

In my opinion, bigger letters are better. Austrian and Hungarian I like most.
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It's nonsense to compare "US vs. EU". As others have noted, the EU does not have one single signage system, but rather 28 different systems. Some have good systems, others have bad systems. Some have green signs, others have blue signs, and yellow signs and white signs are also used. The font color can be white, black, blue, red or yellow. Some countries use ALL CAPS, others use regular lettering. There are possibly over 20 different fonts used within the EU. Some systems rely on route numbers a lot, others less. Some systems sign E-routes, others don't. Some systems have exit numbering, some don't.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 03:55 PM   #11
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The only difference that I think can be seen between America and most of Europe would be that America tends to use more textual messages whereas Europe uses symbols for those (as visible on the exit numbering signs in the previous pictures). It's a practical solution to the many languages in Europe. I doubt it's possible to say that one is better than the other.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 05:08 PM   #12
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I really don't like the BGS (big green signs) here in the US. The green makes them look so dated and when they fade they resemble the faded green of a tennis court.
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Old July 18th, 2013, 04:38 AM   #13
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Here's what annoys me about European signage: the same destination repeated multiple times on the same installation. What a retarded idea! And even counties with otherwise good signage (the Netherlands, for instance) do it.
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Old July 18th, 2013, 05:09 AM   #14
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Here's what annoys me about European signage: the same destination repeated multiple times on the same installation. What a retarded idea! And even counties with otherwise good signage (the Netherlands, for instance) do it.
Where do you see a repeated destination in that picture? All that is repeated are the road numbers.
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Old July 18th, 2013, 05:22 PM   #16
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Here's what annoys me about European signage: the same destination repeated multiple times on the same installation. What a retarded idea! And even counties with otherwise good signage (the Netherlands, for instance) do it.
Some countries have nicer gantry signage than other. I find US signage very nice, but you can find good and bad examples in every country. IMO, Germany is a country where gantry signage is almost always excellent, autobahn signage is in general excellent. Even if bad examples occur. Once off the autobahn, the sign design is a lot worse. As a contrast, Sweden has quite excellent signage, but on motorways the signage, especially on gantry signs, is ugly.

The European solution of putting the road number between arrows/on top of the arrows is not confusing, putting the road number somewhere between the destinations would be. But don't do it like the Swedes, the picture above is a good example of useless signage. 3x the road number, no destination. Practically means: the road goes on. Wow. What a surprise.
Pretty European signage:
http://www.omnibuss.se/forum/index.php?topic=48330.0
http://foto.ceskedalnice.cz/nase-fot...ides/d1f69.jpg

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Old July 20th, 2013, 07:00 AM   #17
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I don't really have strong opionions of either side. What about variations in overhead signage between American states?

I don't like too much clutter of information. The swedish and austrian signage in the pics above are cluttered. Not necessary to have road number over each lane when it is all the one road. I'm not a big fan of spanish signs either based on pics I have seen on this forum.
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Old July 21st, 2013, 06:32 AM   #18
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Beware Austria:
I'm not fan of blue signs and italic text
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Old July 21st, 2013, 10:29 AM   #19
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I'm not fan of blue signs and italic text
actually, italic is there with purpose: italic destinations are local, inside the city.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 04:51 AM   #20
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Where do you see a repeated destination in that picture? All that is repeated are the road numbers.
Touche, it's just the route numbers, not the destinations. It's still a bad practice, IMO. The less a motorist has to digest, the better.
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