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    New font helps drivers

    The Federal Highway Administration is introducing a new font for highway signs that help drivers travelling at night or in rainy conditions more easily read signs along the road.

    The new font is called Clearview, and there's an increase of 14 percent in readability, which at a speed of 60mph means drivers have an extra second or so of reaction time.

    This was acheived by increasing the open space visible in lower-case letters like a, o, and g.

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    http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/HTM/clearfont/cf-english.htm

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    Re: New font helps drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    The Federal Highway Administration is introducing a new font for highway signs that help drivers travelling at night or in rainy conditions more easily read signs along the road.

    The new font is called Clearview, and there's an increase of 14 percent in readability, which at a speed of 60mph means drivers have an extra second or so of reaction time.

    This was acheived by increasing the open space visible in lower-case letters like a, o, and g.

    Chip H.

    http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/HTM/clearfont/cf-english.htm
    Good stuff, thanks for posting this!

    I also wish other states would adopt the CA practice of having sidestreet names large and visible... in VA, they are often on itsy bitsy little signs that are easy to miss and require you to drive slowly and search for if you're not familiar with an area...

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    Re: New font helps drivers

    Texas has recently adopted the practice of making the signs announcing upcoming highway junctions much larger, about 4 times larger than they used to be. When you have a lot of roads, with a lot of junctions, you need all the warning you can get. The old "FM" (Farm to Market) highways signs were very small, and easy to miss.

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    Re: New font helps drivers

    For side-streets, I've seen two good practices that seem to be implemented haphazardly.

    1. Large green sign with white lettering hung from the stoplight wire that shows you the street name(s), and the block numbers.

    2. Medium-sized yellow sign with black lettering placed underneath the "Stoplight ahead" warning diamond sign. Gives you the street name(s), but not the block numbers.

    Chip H.

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