Types of Road Markings Every Driver Should Know

You’ve probably noticed the white and yellow lines painted on the road while you’re cruising on your new or secondhand car. These road, pavement, or highway markings regulate the use of the road, street, or highway. Like signs and signals created by law and local ordinances, compliance to them are strictly enforced. Failure to obey them can be grounds for a traffic ticket and a corresponding fine. So in case you don’t know how to distinguish these lines, read on below and educate yourself.

White Lines

These markings separate traffic flow for vehicles moving in the same direction on roads with more than one lane. You are not allowed to pass or overtake another vehicle, change lanes, or increase speed when you see these white lines. White lines also serve as demarcation or guide for road edges.

Broken or Dotted White Lines

These lines tell you that passing or overtaking is permitted when safe.

Yellow Center Lines

These markings separate traffic flow moving in separate directions. You are not allowed to overtake and are advised to slow down.

Broken or Dotted Yellow Lines

These lines indicate passing or overtaking is allowed on the left side when safe.

Double Yellow Lines with Broken and Solid Markings

These markings tell you that passing or overtaking is allowed on the side with the broken or dotted line, but not on the side with the solid line. This type of marking is usually seen on two or three lane roads. Traffic on the side of the solid line may cross only when making a left turn.

Double Solid Yellow Lines

These lines do not allow vehicles on both sides to overtake. You may only cross these lines when entering or leaving a driveway or side street, or if you are making a permitted U-turn.

Pavement Arrows

These markings show which direction the traffic must flow, especially when used along with other traffic signs. You must head in the direction of the arrow as indicated in your lane.

Yellow X

These lines are usually found within the intersection, and it means you have to keep the intersection open. That is, your new or used car must not stop inside the intersection.

Pedestrian Lanes

These markings serve as crosswalks for people. As a general rule of thumb, you need to yield to pedestrians at all times.

Wrapping Up

By heeding these road markings and lines, you’ll be able to drive responsibly and safely. So make sure you don’t forget them.