This eight sided shape always means stop. You must come to a complete stop at the sign, stop line, pedestrian crosswalk, or curb. Wait for any vehicle or pedestrian to clear the way. At some intersections you'll find the sign beneath that reads "All Way" or "4 Way." At these intersections all vehicles on all roads leading into the intersection must stop. If you get to the intersection at the same time as other vehicles, the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.
You must slow down as you come to the intersection. Be prepared to stop. Let any vehicles, pedestrians, or bicyclists safely pass before you proceed.
Vertical signs generally give instructions or tell you the law. Horizontal signs may give directions or
Rectangle (Regulatory or Guide)
These signs warn you of special conditions or hazards ahead. Slow down and drive with caution. Be ready to stop.
This five-sided shape marks school zones and
warns you about school crossings. Signs may
display horizontal lines indicating the point
at which a crosswalk exists. Two signs may be
used together to show the actual location of the
crosswalk. (Signs may also be bright
Pentagon (School Zone/School Crossing)
These signs inform you of the law; you must obey their instructions. Remember that a red circle with a slash means NO — the symbol inside the circle tells you what is prohibited.
Regulatory or guide signs
These signs tell you the maximum
legal speed that you may drive on the road
where the sign is posted when weather
conditions are good. During rain, snow and ice,
you may receive a ticket for driving too fast for
the conditions even if you are driving at or less
than the posted speed limit.
These signs mean you cannot drive in that direction. If you drive past these signs you are going in the wrong direction and could get into a head-on crash
with vehicles headed your way. Cautiously turn
Do Not Enter - Wrong Way
Traffic flows only in the direction of the arrow.
Left turns are against the law. In Virginia, U-turns are considered as two left turns and are illegal if this sign is posted.
No Left Turn
Right turns are illegal. Do not make a right turn when you see this sign.
No Right Turn
U-turns are illegal. Do not make a U-turn when you see this sign.
You may not turn on the red light. Wait for the
signal to turn green.
No Turn on Red
This sign marks the beginning of a no passing zone. You may not pass cars ahead of you in your lane, even if the way is clear.
Do Not Pass