Traffic signs are quite peculiar in Brazil. Sometimes, they are so peculiar the signs may not be understandable for newly arrived foreigners. This article will help introduce them, showing the most uncommon road signs.
Traffic signs in Brazil have different categories, according to the described situation, obligatorness and type. Each category has one predominant color. The more frequent signs are classified as:
- Regulatory, which are predominantly red and show a rule or restriction that must be followed.
- Warning, which are predominantly yellow and show a situation of danger or a case that needs attention from the driver.
Some traffic signs may also be orange, which refer to works being made on the road.
Even though the meaning of these signs are practically identical in most countries, the way they represent them varies. Any foreigner must know that:
This means “No Parking”
This means “No Standing”
This means “Wrong Way”
This means “Do Not Pass”
This is the category with more variations. Some of the main signs are listed below:
This means there is a “Bump Ahead”
This means “Dead End”
This indicates that there will be a “Bus Lane” within a few meters:
Some road signs are rarely seen and may be strange even to Brazilians, while others are widely known but are not represented in the same way anywhere else. The signs below are just a few examples that cannot be seen in many places other than Brazil.
This means “Side Wind”
This means “Tire Chains Required”
This means “Use of Wheelbarrow Forbidden”
Signs showing that the driver is getting close to a tourist spot can be equally weird. These can be really specific, sometimes referring only to a certain region in the country. The most unusual are:
“Archeological Site” sign
“Cultural Heritage” sign
“Agricultural Exposition” sign