What is the right word for the signs in the highways that indicates the correct direction to another city or province for an example?

I thought about the word "road signs", but it is not what I am looking for because it does not imply guiding the driver to the way that leads to another city.

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    Are you talking about arrows? If not, it may help to show an example of the type of sign you are referring to.
    – Lawrence
    Jul 17, 2016 at 12:43
  • yes the arrows with some captions indicate the city u r travelling to
    – Amrmsmb
    Jul 17, 2016 at 12:47
  • Ok, I'll turn my comment into an answer.
    – Lawrence
    Jul 17, 2016 at 12:55
  • On second thoughts, it might be better to just have Josh61 add to his answer, especially with his recent edits :) .
    – Lawrence
    Jul 17, 2016 at 12:57
  • This topic almost certainly has US/UK differences, and in the US there are likely several different "standards" among the various states.
    – Hot Licks
    Jul 17, 2016 at 13:11

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Those are generally referred to as traffic signs or road signs:

  • signs erected at the side of or above roads to give instructions or provide information to road users. The earliest signs were simple wooden or stone milestones. Later, signs with directional arms were introduced, for example, the fingerposts in the United Kingdom and their wooden counterparts in Saxony.

In your specific case you are probably referring to a:

direction sign,

  • more fully defined as a direction, position, or indication sign by the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals, is any road sign used primarily to give information about the location of either the driver or possible destinations, and are considered a subset of the informative signs group. Direction signs are far more varied internationally than other classes of sign, as the Vienna Convention does not specify sizes, colours, symbols or positions of such signs.

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  • Feel free to use some of the terms from the link in my comment.
    – Lawrence
    Jul 17, 2016 at 12:58

Note that traffic sign is a general-purpose term that includes hazard warnings, speed limits, etc.

A sign telling you which road to take to get somewhere (or telling you where you'll end up if you continue on your present course) is more specifically called a...

signpost - sign giving information such as the direction and distance to a nearby town, typically found at a road junction

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