I've mailed SCS Software this small document I made
expressing my feelings on those confusing road signs. I'm already happy if they read it and use it to fix the signs in their future games
I also find the road signs inconsistent and not helpful. I suspect that the road signs might resemble the real ones as close as possible, which is incorrect when the standartised "prefab" intersections themselves do not occur in reality. I think they should make them simpler, one arrow per lane, painting out any extra arrows, or adding missing ones. Arrows are visible from a great distance as patches (you can tell how many there are, but not that they are arrows) and could be useful. On German Autobahns the signs are mostly correct, but also largely redundant as they almost always have 2 straight and 1 sliproad.
For example, I believe these two sets of signs are incorrect.
1. Polish freeway to Katowice.Two arrows straight match two lanes. Exit to Wroclaw.
- OkTwo arrows straight again, but only one lane.
2. Freeway near Geneve.A typical sign suggests that only one lane goes straight.
- I switch to the fast lane. - Wrong!By the next set of signs the road has expanded with a slip lane.
- I find that I need to switch back to the slow lane.
In their defence, the exits are clearly different color. But I don't get the rhyme and reason for the color change.
How does one interpret the common "Straight-And-Exit" sign like Example 5 in your document? Frankfurt, Nürnberg - straight, München, Praga/Praha - straight-and-exit. Surely, we can't go straight to reach Praga/Praha, no?
ProMods have "fixed" a few intersections with correct number of arrows on signs, and white paint on road surface indicating an exit. It's unfortunate that their signs have lower resolution mipmaps. But the road surface markings help a lot.
One approach for successful play would be memorizing all the "prefab" junctions, and recognize the number of lanes each one has. But that makes the game more boring.
Have you heard the author's position on the matter? I guess they have already made a final decision by now that is unlikely to change.