Warning signs on NSW roads

Watch out for these common warning signs when you're driving. These alert you to possible dangers and changed conditions.

Common warning signs

Warning signs alert you that there may be dangers or changed road conditions ahead. The signs are usually diamond-shaped with pictures, diagrams, symbols or words in black on a yellow background.

These are some of the most common warning signs.

Intersection and side road signs

Crossroads ahead. Be prepare to stop
Crossroads ahead.
'T' intersection approaching. Slow down and prepare to stop if required.
You’re approaching a T-intersection where the road you’re driving on ends. You must give way to all vehicles.
You are approaching a side road ahead. Be aware and watch for entering traffic
Side road ahead. A side road meets the road you’re driving on.

Curves, bends and turns signs

Be aware the road ahead curves to the right.
Road ahead curves to the right.
Road ahead has a sharp right turn ahead.
Sharp right turn ahead.
Left hairpin turn in road ahead. Slow down and drive to conditions.
Sharp bend to the left ahead.
Road ahead is winding and curving.
Winding road ahead.

'Divided' road signs

Road ahead becomes a divided road. Ensure you stay left.
Road divides ahead.
Road divide ends ahead becomes a two way road. Ensure you stay left.
Divided road ends ahead.

'Narrow' road or bridge signs

You are approaching a narrow bridge ahead. Road will narrow for bridge crossing.
Road narrows ahead.
You are crossing a narrow bridge.
Narrow bridge.
The bridge you are about to cross is narrow Please take care when crossing.
You’re approaching a narrow bridge – slow down and prepare to stop.

Give way and Stop sign ahead signs

You are approaching an intersection with a give way sign. Prepare to stop and giveway.
‘Give way’ sign ahead.
You are approaching an intersection with a stop sign. Prepare to stop.
‘Stop’ sign ahead.

Pedestrian and bicycle signs

You are approaching a pedestrian crossing. Slow down and prepare to stop if required for pedestrians crossing.
Pedestrian crossing ahead
Pedestrian crossing sign indicating there is a pedestrian crossing. Slow down and prepare to stop if required for pedestrians crossing.
Pedestrians may be crossing ahead.
Children crossing sign indicating there are children crossing. Normally located around school areas.
Children may be crossing ahead.
Be on the lookout for bicyles. Cycle areas are around.
Look out for bicycles.

Changing road conditions signs

There is a in the road ahead. Approach with caution
The road dips ahead (a sudden slope down, then up).
The road ahead has a crest in it and your view maybe limited. Drive carefully.
As you approach the top of the hill ahead, you cannot see a safe distance in front of you. Drive carefully.
Road ahead has a steep descent. Be aware and drive to conditions
Steep descent (down grade) ahead.
The road ahead has a speed or traffic hump.
Hump ahead (a sudden slope up, then down).
Road ahead has a grid in place. May be for cattle or livestock.
Grid ahead (a row of metal bars across the road).

Changing traffic conditions signs

Road ahead has 2 oncoming lanes in opposite direction
Road conditions are changing to two lanes of oncoming traffic.
Be aware slow vehicles may be crossing or entering ahead.
Beware of slow moving vehicles crossing or entering traffic.
Traffic hazard on road ahead. Drive with caution
Temporary emergency situation ahead, such as an oil spill, fallen tree, snow or landslide.

Weather and water signs

Warning slippery when wet sign. Slow down and drive to conditions.
Road is slippery when wet.
Road ahead has a ford and water may be across the road or road maybe under water.
Road ahead is under water (for example, a stream).
Causeway ahead. Road may be covered in water. Proceed with caution
Causeway ahead may be covered in water (a causeway is a raised road across a low or wet area or a body of water).
Warning sign advising road is subject to flooding and a depth indicator is located on side of road.
Road ahead may be covered by water.
Depth indicator sign for measuring level of flood waters across the roadway.
A measure showing the depth of floodwater across a road.

Animals and livestock signs

Warning sign advising of Kangaroos in the area. Lookout for Kangaroos on the road or roadside.
Look out for kangaroos.
Livestock may be crossing ahead. Drive with caution
Stock crossing area. Be aware stock may be crossing the road ahead.
Livestock may be crossing ahead.

Advisory speed sign

Sometimes an advisory speed sign is used with a warning sign. For example, to show the maximum speed that’s safe in good conditions, or how long you should look out for a particular hazard.

Road sign advising sharp curve ahead and advising of speed limit that should be used.
Road ahead curves to the right. 55km/h maximum speed in good conditions.

Variable message sign

Some roads have large electronic signs (called variable message signs). These signs warn you of changes in traffic conditions ahead – for example, fog, a crash, roadworks, congestion, road closures or police operations.

Variable message sign/board. Displays safety messages for drivers.
Variable message sign on a motorway.
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