What is a rectangular-shaped road sign?

What is the significance of a rectangularly-shaped road sign? I’m going to take my test next week and I know that road sign shapes can mean different things, but I’m confused about the rectangular ones.

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Good luck with your test! The answer to this question actually depends on which way the sign is oriented:
  • If the sign is a vertical rectangle shape, then it’s a regulatory sign—these may display rules like the speed limit or they give directions, such as Keep Right or No Turn on Red
  • If the sign is a horizontal rectangle shape, it will provide information about an area, including nearby rest stops or gas stations,
    roadside attractions
    , or places to eat.
You must obey vertical rectangular signs, but horizontal ones are not necessary for driving and simply help you find services that you may need.
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