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Road Marking

Road Marking

white lines Road markings or pavement markings warn and direct drivers and also regulate road traffic. Drivers must know that road markings are either white or yellow. It is important drivers know the difference between white and yellow lines as well as the difference between broken and solid lines. White lines are used to separate traffic going in the same direction and yellow lines separate traffic going in opposite directions. Broken or dashed lines mean that passing to the other lane is permitted when it is safe. On the other hand, solid lines mean do not pass.

Other meanings of lines are as follows:

White lines:

  • White dashed lines: They divide traffic lanes into multi-lane highways.
  • White crosswalks: A crosswalk is the part of the road where sidewalk line extends across the street. They show areas that are used by pedestrians to cross the road.
crosswalks
  • White stop lines: They indicate where to stop at traffic signals or stop signs. They are wide-white lines painted across the street. If crosswalks aren't marked, it is better to stop at the corner and check for traffic before going forward.
white stop lines

Yellow lines:

  • Yellow center lines: They are used to separate traffic flow traveling in opposite directions.
  • Yellow solid lines: They advice “don't!” Drivers must stay in their lane.
yellow solid lines
  • Yellow solid and dashed lines: Drivers must not pass if they are driving next to the solid line. Drivers are not allowed to pass when there are two solid yellow lines.
dashed lines

Road arrows: When they are used with other signs, indicates the correct direction a driver must take in that lane.

Edge lines (Edge of pavement): They are used to separate the shoulder from the travel lane. They also show the edge of highways. Right-edge lines are solid white lines whereas left-edge lines are solid yellow lines.

edge lines