You can only see it on motorways: the orange arrow on a white background. But what exactly is behind traffic sign 467 for motorists?
Munich – First of all, the deflection arrow – which is the orange arrow – only indicates a route recommendation. If it is ignored, the driver will not face fines, points in Flensburg or the withdrawal of his driver's license. The deflection arrow is only a directional sign. Unlike the black cross in the red triangle, which is a warning sign.
Save time with the orange arrow on the motorway: The deflection arrow is a guide sign
Nevertheless, it can make sense to pay attention to the orange arrow. As soon as the traffic on the current route becomes more viscous, it indicates an alternative route over other highways where a lower traffic density is to be expected. As with Google Maps, this faster route doesn't have to be the shorter one. So the traffic sign has a similar function to the one with an arrow and a red dot.
The so-called deflection arrow indicates a route of motorway that is usually less frequented. © Mounting: IPPEN. MEDIA/Fabian Sommer/dpa
The deflection arrow is one of the highway signs. It is not found on country roads or within built-up areas. By the way, it is available in two variants: The traffic sign 467a shows the orange arrow and indicates the beginning and course of the route recommendation. The sign should not be confused with the 467b variant. It shows the same orange arrow, this time crossed out. This is where the end of the route recommendation is marked.
By the way, traffic signs can be roughly divided into four groups: In addition to the directional signs, which include the deflection arrow, there are the danger signs, the prohibition and mandatory signs.
Orientation in the jungle of signs: This is how the various traffic signs are divided
Danger signs are always designed in the same way: as a red triangle with the tip pointing upwards. You want to draw attention to a specific danger, which is depicted in the triangle. Inside, for example, there are children, a construction worker on a construction site or a cyclist.
In addition, there are the prohibition signs. They are round, have a red border and show what is forbidden. If you disregard them, you have to expect fines or points in Flensburg. These include, for example, the orange "egg" on waves, the traffic sign 269. The counterpart to the prohibition signs are the mandatory signs. They are round and blue. Inside it are the road users who have to use this road. For example, if a bicycle can be seen, it means that cyclists have to use this path. In addition, the sign represents a ban for other road users.