The viewing distance chart below will function as a recommendation ONLY, this chart is not intended to replace any training guide, regulation or standard. We have put it together to provide key information or recommendations for safe practices. Please confirm with state or federal regulations governing the use of road / traffic and parking signs for exact signs and text size regulations when posting parking or traffic signs. The viewing distances illustrated below are sign recognition distances for slow moving vehicles and / or walking pedestrians, reaction times have not been considered in the distances and sizes shown on this table.Signs intended for faster moving vehicles need to be larger and require larger text than a sign intended for a pedestrians or slow moving vehicles.
Brimar uses Highway Font Series for all of our stock parking signs, the names of these fonts are:
For our Custom Parking signs, we allow our customers to select from a range of custom fonts.
Best Practices for Posting & Design of Parking Signs:
Keep sign message brief.
Lettering and sign size should be appropriate for the distance and speed at which a sign is viewed.
Use words which are familiar, easy to understand, and comfortable to the viewer.
Parking signs should convey no more than one concept or thought.
Unnecessary information on signs will confuse the viewer.
Always consider the landscaping surrounding a sign when determining the sign size and placement.
Signs should not be obstructed from view; make sure sign is posted in a highly visible place.
Signs should be visible to both pedestrian and vehicles; position signs where they will be clearly legible at all times.
Do not place signs in locations where people may walk into them.
Do not place signs any closer than 12" to a walkway.
The size of Parking and No Parking signs is considerably smaller than Traffic Signs (Stop, Yield, Do Not Enter, etc) because they are viewed at slower speeds, have high target values, and have easy-to-read legends.
Parking / Street / Fence Mount Sign Facts:
Parking signs can be used in many instances to communicate state, federal, or private property regulations, rules, consequences of parking, requirements, and many more types of information. State Regulated signs are normally posted by towns or municipalities, while private property signs are posted only by owners of the private property.
Brimar has classified parking signs as:
1. Signs to communicate state or federal regulations, like handicapped parking and fire lane parking restrictions. These type of signs are ruled by either town, state, or federal regulations, and there are usually fines associated to the violations indicated on the signs.
Examples of town, state and federal parking signs:
Yellow Lines will have signs posted with the wording “No Parking”
Controlled Parking Zones: a controlled zone is an area of restricted parking
Handicapped or Disable Parking: normally found in parking lots. Violation of handicapped regulations means fines up to $500.00 depending on the state you are in.
Fire Lane / Zone Parking Signs: normally prohibit parking on certain areas marked in yellow with words like FIRE LANE OR FIRE ZONE NO PARKING.
Road Signs that read “NO PARKING”, “No Parking Any Time”, “No Parking This Side of Street” “No Stopping or Standing”. These signs if not respected could and will result in Traffic Tickets
Bus Stops and Stands
Loading and Unloading Zones
Time Limit Zones
2. Public or Private property parking signs. These signs will vary tremendously in information. For example there are parking lot signs, Specific Customer and Visitor Parking, Tenant / Resident Parking, Tow Away Parking, Dumpster Rules, Do Not Bblock Driveway, Employee Parking, and many more.
Links to Industries and Government Institutions Governing Signs:
Engineering Grade (EG) retro-reflective sheeting is a beaded plastic material that renders high retro-reflectivity at night. It is designed for use mainly on traffic signs and is highly resistant against the extremes of hot, cold, dry, and humid weathering conditions. Engineering Grade (EG) Reflective Sheeting meets ASTM D4956 Type I retro-reflective sheeting standards.
Rust free aluminum sheet overlaminated with Engineering Grade Reflective Sheeting.
Graphics are screen printed with translucent inks or applied vinyl graphics, opaque and translucent film. (Translucent ink or film is not applicable to the color black)
Aluminum will not chip, crack or rust.
Printed image will resist fading and mild chemicals.
.063 Aluminum is typically used on parking and traffic signs up to 18” maximum.
.080 Aluminum is typically used on parking and traffic signs larger than 18”.
Outdoor Durability: up to 7 years (except orange)
Service Temp Range: -40°F to 200°F
Ink Features: Translucent inks (Translucent ink or film is not applicable to the color black)
Printing Process: Screen or applied vinyl graphics, opaque and translucent film.