Road signs from Australia have been named amongst the weirdest in the world by researchers who claim even the most experienced drivers could be baffled by some of them.
From Kangaroos Ahead to Deaf Cat Crossing the world’s most weird and wonderful road signs have been identified in a new study by car rental experts at StressFreeCarRental.com.
Interpreting and understanding road signs can be one of the most challenging parts of driving and the different signs used across the world compounds the problem for international travelers.
From Darling I like You to Secret Nuclear Bunker Next Left, there are many strange road signs to be seen at roadsides around the world.
Some of the unusual signs display important warnings while others seem to be there simply for entertainment value.
A spokesperson for StressFreeCarRental.com said: “Road signs can be confusing at the best of times especially when driving internationally but they serve a vital purpose.
“What might be a common sight to drivers in one part of the world, such as a mob of kangaroos hopping across a road ahead, can be a major shock to someone visiting from another country.
“So it is important for drivers to have at least a basic understanding of what warning signs might mean so they are forewarned of any upcoming dangers.
“While some of the more unusual road signs may raise a smile it’s essential that motorists take all road signage seriously as it could help them avoid a serious driving accident. “
These are the world’s strangest road signs according to the car rental experts at StressFreeCarRental.com.
1.Darling I like you, India
Hundreds of driving related proverbs are sprinkled across the mountainous areas of India. They are seen as a humorous attempt at warning drivers of the dangers of drunk driving, speeding and recklessness on the roads.
2.Llama crossing, Bolivia
Bolivia and many other South American countries are home to a significant Llama population. They may appear cute but Llamas are notorious for being quite aggressive and spitting at humans. So it’s always best to know when they’re around.
3.Oryx crossing, Southern Africa
Certainly not an animal you see everyday in many European countries, this type of antelope can commonly be found across southern African countries. Although they don’t pose any major threat to humans, if you hit one you could cause some serious harm.
4.Kangaroo crossing, Australia
The kangaroo is native to Australia and can often be quite the nuisance to motorists, hence the numerous road signs across the country. Because of their sheer size and power it’s always best to let them have right of way.
5.Deaf Cat, Holland
There are many road signs dedicated to different species in the animal kingdom but not so many produced for a single pet. A small town in the south of The Netherlands has made sure that they keep their deaf feline friend safe from any oncoming traffic.
6.Roadside quiz, Western Australia
Placed along the 90 mile straight road between Balladonia and Caiguna, WA, appropriately labelled the Fatigue Zone, these quirky quiz questions are a creative attempt to keep drivers focused on the road.
7.No elephants, China
China is home to some bizarre traffic signs but this could be the most confusing. What looks to be a sign to prohibit the loading of elephants is actually just a warning to not load vehicles too heavily. Makes you wonder how you’d even get an elephant into the car!
8.Beware of thin ice, Finland
To the locals of Rovaniemi in Finland, this sign seems like a perfectly normal warning. However, to unsuspecting drivers from across the world the picture does appear rather ominous and like something out of a horror movie
9.Secret Nuclear Bunker Next Left, United Kingdom
Now the name does appear to be a slight give away but this nuclear bunker, located in Brentford, was actually decommissioned in 1992. Not much of a secret anymore!
10.Beware of road surprises, United Arab Emirates
Surprisingly one of the least descriptive signs on the list. These signs can be found across the capital city of Abu Dhabi and certainly leave a lot to the driver’s imagination.