Hill Ahead Sign - Meaning

All you need to know about the Hill Ahead sign: definition, type of sign, color, shape and more

Hill Ahead Sign
Type: warning sign
Color: yellow and black
Shape: diamond-shaped
Location: before downgrades

What does a Hill Ahead warning sign mean?

A Hill / Downgrade traffic sign warns drivers that the road ahead goes downhill. Slow down and be ready to shift to a lower gear to control your speed. Passing other vehicles on hills where your view is obstructed and you can’t see oncoming traffic is prohibited. Some states specifically prohibit drivers from making a U-turn on or near the crest of a hill.

What type of sign is a Hill / Downgrade sign?

The Hill / Downgrade sign is a warning sign. The sign warns road users about a condition requiring special attention.

What are the color(s) of a Hill Ahead sign?

Hill Ahead signs are yellow with black graphics.

What shape are Steep Downgrade signs?

Hill / Downgrade Ahead signs are in the shape of a diamond, with black graphics representing a truck going downhill.

Where are Hill / Downgrade Ahead signs commonly placed?

Hill / Downgrade Ahead signs are installed before areas where there is a steep downgrade on the road.
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Hill / Downgrade Sign - What To Do

When you see a Steep Downgrade / Hill Ahead sign while driving, you should:

• be aware that a hill or steep grade is ahead
• reduce your speed
• be ready to shift to a lower gear to save brakes and control your speed
• remember that passing other vehicles or making U-turns on hills is forbidden
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