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 you can’t see at least 500 feet ahead is prohibited. Making U-turns on hills is also prohibited.

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

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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