Why are stop signs octagons?

Answer Stop signs, the familiar red and white signs that end nearly every residential street, are octagonal for a number of reasons. Safety is paramount when driving, and stop signs are one of the more im... Read More »

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Are stop signs octagons or hexagons?

An octagon is an eight-sided polygon, while a hexagon is a six-sided polygon. A stop sign is an eight-sided shape and is therefore an octagon. It is a sign denoted by its white lettering and red ba... Read More »

Why are stop signs&danger signs red?

Octagonal stop signs, as well as other danger signs such as no smoking, caution and hazard signs, all rely on the color red to convey important, and at times--life saving--commands. There are many ... Read More »

Do bicycles need to stop at stop signs?

Stopping at the stop sign is one of the rules of the road. Yes, it is the law that a bicycle stops at a stop sign.

How to Stop Ahead of Stop Signs?

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sets forth rules that impact traffic control and sight distance requirements for regulating, warning and guiding traffic safel... Read More »