Driving instructor reveals the common road sign people ‘never know’ the meaning of (and it’s SO easy to get caught out!)

  • Annie Winterburn, from Cheshire, is the founder of Spot On Driving School 
  • The TikTok star recently explained what a common sign actually means 
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A driving instructor has revealed how easy it is to get caught out by a common road sign people ‘never know’ the meaning of.

Annie Winterburn, from Cheshire, is the founder of Spot On Driving School and boasts over 825,000 followers on her TikTok account Theory Test Practice. 

The social media star went viral when she honed in on one particular road sign which she says often gets even the most experienced drivers into trouble.

Filming herself in front of a nearby example, Annie explained: ‘I’ve been asked to explain signs like this one.’

Along with a capital ‘P’ highlighted in blue, the sign reads: ‘Mon – Sat. 8am – 6pm.

Annie went viral on TikTok when she explained what this common road sign really means. The driving instructor says people often interpreted it as meaning they can’t return to their car for an hour after parking

‘1 hour. No return within 1 hour.’

Annie said: ‘This sign is saying that between Monday and Saturday, you can park between 8 o’clock in the morning and 6 o’clock at night, but only for one hour.’

Highlighting the way it catches people out, she continued: ‘”No return within one hour”.

‘That simply means that you’re not allowed to drive out of your parking space, drive around the block, and go straight back into that parking space.

‘Well, not for an hour anyway.’ 

In the caption, she highlighted how these rules don’t apply outside of the stated hours.

She added: ‘At other times you can park for as long as you want to.’

It’s also worth noting that you are not permitted to park anywhere else on this road or car park for an hour after you’ve left. 

Annie’s clip went on to rack up over 1.2m views and viewers were grateful for the extra clarification

Since it was posted, Annie’s clip has gone on to rack up over 1.2m views and viewers were grateful for the clarification. 

One replied: ‘I always thought no return within one hour meant you’re not allowed to come back to the car for at least an hour lol.’

Annie then responded: ‘You’re not the only one!’

Another added: ‘I thought it meant you can’t park between [those] hours.’

‘I never got the no return within one hour,’ a third said. ‘Thanks for that!’

Reassuring the person that they weren’t alone, Annie replied: ‘Loads of people don’t!’ 

Although a fourth said they ‘can’t believe this needs an explanation’, Annie sarcastically responded with: ‘Can’t believe people think everyone is the same and we all understand the same things.’

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