Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sign of the Season

When I see these signs in the summer, I wonder how tourists interpret "chain law."

Chain Law means that the road is hazardous (usually blowing and drifting snow with poor visibility and little or no traction) and that tire chains are required. These warning signs are commonly seen on Wyoming's mountain passes: this one is on the South Pass road where the grade is steep and drifting snow is frequent during the winter. Because road conditions can change quickly in the mountains, the flashing lights, only turned on in extreme conditions, should be heeded.

Do you have signs in your area that might cause a tourist to ponder their meaning?


  1. I misread the sign in the picture and thought it said Chain Saw, which gives it a totally different meaning.

    In Texas we have "Drive Friendly" signs.

  2. We have blowing dust warnings here in southern Arizona.

  3. I have seen signs in Yexas that say "No Engine Brakes" and I really don't know what it means.
    In Tyler, Texas, close to where I grew up, there is a sign for the very first Adopt a Highway section that ever was. When we have traveled in mountainous states, I have seen "Runaway Truck Ramps", for vehicles that have lost their brakes. I haven't commented lately, but I have certainly enjoyed your Christmas gifts you have made and you trip photos.
    Blessings, Sarita

  4. I have to admit my mind did a little disturbing off-color detour when I read the sign!

    I saw a sign recently about 'no jake-braking in city limits.' My son tells me he thinks it's when semi-trucks use their engine to slow down instead of applying the brakes; very loud downshifting I guess.

  5. We live quite near Six Flags, the new Dallas Cowboy Stadium, and the Ranger Ballpark. We are always amazed at the plethora of signs pointing the way to these attractions!

  6. I've never seen or heard of thanks for sharing. I'll start looking for signs that I take for granted and see what I can find in my area that maybe others wouldn't know what they meant...

    great post! ;) Love from Texas! ~bonnie

  7. funny how all of us commenting on this are readers who live in Texas! haha

    I doubt she will read again here, but I'm thinking that perhaps "no engine breaks" are a warning sign near a Rail Road crossing? warning that the train can not break for cars ???


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