Soft Shoulder Sign - Meaning

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

Soft Shoulder Sign
Type: warning sign
Color: yellow and black
Shape: diamond-shaped
Location: before areas where the shoulder of the road is not paved

What does a Soft Shoulder sign mean?

A Soft Shoulder sign warns drivers that the berm up ahead is made of gravel or packed dirt. The shoulder isn't paved and may be uneven to the paved road. Driving on the shoulder is likely to be hazardous: the difference between the two road surfaces could cause your vehicle to swerve or act unpredictably. When you see this sign, avoid driving on the shoulder.

What type of sign is a Soft Shoulder sign?

A Soft Shoulder sign is a warning sign. It warns drivers about a road condition requiring special attention.

What are the colors of a Soft Shoulder sign?

A Soft Shoulder sign is yellow with black lettering.

What shape are Soft Shoulder warning signs?

Soft Shoulder signs are in the shape of a diamond, with the words "SOFT SHOULDER" written in the center.

Where are Soft Shoulder signs installed?

Soft Shoulder signs are installed before areas where the roadside is soft (only partially paved, or made of loose gravel or packed dirt) and the shoulder may be at a lower level than the actual road surface.
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Soft Shoulder Sign - What To Do

When you see Soft Shoulder sign, you should:

• be aware that the berm up ahead is made of gravel
• avoid driving on the shoulder. Doing so is likely to be hazardous
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