Author Sebastian Oppenheimer
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On country roads you will occasionally see a traffic sign with a kind of kinked line in front of a red triangle.
What's it all about?
According to ADAC, there are more than 400 traffic signs in Germany.
Driving students learn the meaning of the most important signs in their theory lessons.
How much of it sticks over the years varies.
There are signs - such as the black cross in front of a red triangle - that you should definitely know in everyday life.
Other signs – such as an orange truck in front of a red circle or an orange sign with numbers and arrows – are only relevant for certain vehicle types.
The traffic sign with the "bent line", on the other hand, is important for all road users.
Strange traffic sign: What does the kinked line in the red triangle mean?
In the Road Traffic Act (StVO), all traffic signs are numbered, the sign with the "bent line" in front of a red triangle has the number 105, is one of the danger signs and is officially called "double curve".
As the portal
writes, it warns of a section of road with at least two curves in which you have to significantly reduce your speed.
Accordingly, you should throttle the speed - possibly downshift - and drive particularly carefully.
This traffic sign warns of a double curve - in this case starting on the left.
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Traffic sign "double curve" - to be found in two different versions
The sign is available in two versions: Depending on the danger zone, it warns of a double bend (first to the right) or a double bend (first to the left).
Like other danger signs, the warning sign can be provided with an additional sign.
According to § 40 StVO, danger signs are usually 150 to 250 meters in front of the corresponding danger area.
If the danger point is much closer, an additional sign (e.g. "100 m") can indicate this.
Mysterious traffic signs: ten signs whose meaning is not clear to everyone
Four people are standing around a halved car - this sign puzzles many road users.
However, if you look at the vehicle as "shared", things become much clearer: this sign indicates a car sharing parking lot.
© Stefan Sauer/dpa
There are traffic signs that look like they are from another world - and in this case it really is: This black and white sign is intended for the digital world - it is meaningless for the human driver.
The sign, which can be found mainly in southern Bavaria, enables autonomous vehicles in test operation to determine their exact location.
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In principle, only bicycles and e-scooters are allowed to ride in a bicycle street.
However, there are exceptions, which are indicated by additional signs.
In this example, cars and motorcycles are also allowed.
However, the maximum speed is 30 km/h - and special consideration must be given to cyclists.
© Gottfried Czepluch/Imago
A green sign with a white bicycle indicates what are known as cycle expressways – regardless of the condition of the road.
Even on sandy roads, for example, it should be made clear that it is a cycle expressway.
Dead end sign Passage for cyclists and pedestrians Most road users are probably familiar with the dead end sign - but there is also a special variant that is not seen that often.
In this case, motor vehicles are closed - but there is a passage in this dead end for pedestrians and cyclists.
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Traffic sign Spielstrasse Risk of confusion!
If you ask motorists what traffic sign they see on a play street, you will probably get the same answer from almost everyone: A blue and white rectangle showing an adult and a child playing soccer – with an approaching car .
But that's wrong: This sign indicates a traffic-calmed area.
Pedestrians and other road users have equal rights here.
Despite the requirement of mutual consideration, cars and cyclists have to drive very carefully and stop if necessary.
In addition, only walking speed is allowed.
According to courts, this is between 5 and 15 km/h.
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Spielstrasse traffic signAnd here is the "real" Spielstrasse sign: It consists of a prohibition sign for all types of vehicles, with an additional sign underneath showing a child playing soccer.
“Neither motorized vehicles nor cyclists are allowed to drive or park here.
The play street is only intended for playing children and pedestrians,” explains the ADAC on its website.
© Carsten Koall/dpa
Green arrow at red traffic lightsThe green arrow (not: green arrow) at traffic lights allows all vehicles to turn right despite the red light signal.
However, only if they have previously stopped at the stop line and if there is no obstruction or danger to other road users, in particular pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the approved traffic direction.
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Traffic sign green arrow for cyclists There is also a special variant of the green arrow sign: In this case, only cyclists are allowed to turn right at a red light.
Of course only under the conditions that also apply to the "normal" green arrow.
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Traffic sign prohibiting overtaking of single-track vehiclesThe traffic sign for the "normal" overtaking ban should be familiar to all motorists.
This shield is a variation of that.
It explicitly prescribes an overtaking ban for single-track vehicles.
This means that multi-lane vehicles (cars, trucks) are not allowed to overtake motorcycles or bicycles on road sections that are signposted with this traffic sign.
© Michael Gstettenbauer/Imago
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If there is a long, winding route, another additional sign with two small arrows on the left and right can be attached, which indicates the length of the dangerous route.
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