People past a certain age and given to nostalgic rumination will likely remember “Signs,” a popular song from the early 1970s by the Canadian rock group Five Man Electrical Band:
The message of the song is clear: nobody likes to be ordered what to do against their will, least of all by impersonal signage. (And—let’s face it—big highway billboards really do clutter up the scenery!) But there is one kind of sign that car drivers had best obey: namely, road signs. Not only can they save you an unnecessary trip to an auto collision repair center…they can save your life! For that reason, drivers ignore them at their peril.