Traffic signs (also known as road signs) give you important information about the law, warn you about dangerous conditions and help you find your way. Signs use different symbols, colours and shapes for easy identification.

Here are the most important road signs you will see on Ontario roads:

traffic sign STOP

Stop traffic sign

A stop sign is eight-sided and has a red background with white letters. It means you must come to a complete stop. Stop at the stop line if it is marked on the pavement. If there is no stop line, stop at the crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk, stop at the edge of the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, stop at the edge of the intersection. Wait until the way is clear before entering the intersection.

  • Make sure that you come to a complete stop at all junctions. Never make a rolling stop since this is unsafe and illegal.



A yield sign is a triangle with a white background and a red border. It means you must let traffic in the intersection or close to it go first. Stop only if necessary and go only when the way is clear.

  • Make sure that you slow down for each and every yield sign.


A school zone sign is five-sided and has a fluorescent yellow/green background with black symbols. It warns that you are coming to a school zone. Slow down, drive with extra caution and watch for children.

  • During the drive test pay attention. Watch specifically for school zones, parks and other areas where the speed limit might be reduced.


traffic sign-railway crossing

Railway crossing traffic sign

A railway crossing sign is X-shaped with a white background and red outline. It warns that railway tracks cross the road. Watch for this sign. Slow down and look both ways for trains. Be prepared to stop.

  • Be sure to look both ways before crossing a railroad.


traffic sign - speed limit

Speed limit traffic sign

Speed limit signs are used to regulate the speed at which vehicles are traveling. These traffic signs help improve road safety by decreasing the number of accidents caused by speeding vehicles. Aside from the open road, speed limit signs are also used inside residential areas and school parking lots.

The maximum speed limit in most residential areas is 30 miles per hour.  Never drive above the posted speed limit.

  • Focus on your speed – maintaining a constant speed is important. Watch for speed signs and always observe them.


There are four other kinds of signs: regulatory, warning, temporary conditions and information and direction. Make sure you are familiar with all of them.

For more information on the traffic signs visit the MTO website or you can register for Sprint Driving School in-class course to learn everything a new driver needs to know with the professional, MTO approved, in-class instructor.

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