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    AHEAD STOP: do drivers really read from bottom to top?

    Around here, painted notices on the road warning of an upcoming stop sign usually read ...

    AHEAD

    STOP

    Here's an example, although what I see around here usually has the words placed closer together; maybe one line break and not three or four.



    I think it's assumed that a driver will read the word that's closest to them first, and thus read "STOP" before "AHEAD". I never do that, though; instead, I see both words at the same time, so to my eyes it registers as "AHEAD STOP". Am I in the minority in reading such pavement markings that way? Do most drivers really instinctively read pavement markings from bottom to top?
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    It's the Star Wars method. I think I'd read it in the intended order.

    Is it really necessary to graffitti up the whole street to notice a stop sign?

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    Am I in the minority in reading such pavement markings that way? Do most drivers really instinctively read pavement markings from bottom to top?
    I certainly don't instinctively read bottom to top. Those inverted "only parking 5 minute" type pavement markings make me want to track down Yoda and bonk him in the head.
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    Off-topic:
    Yoda sign - must remember that term...

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    I still read those "X" signs as Rail Sing Cross Road.
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