Whether you are new to driving or a seasoned driver, road or highway markings can get a bit confusing at times. They come in different sizes, colours, shapes, each having their own meanings. Therefore, if you are confused about the markings, here is a guide listing out some of the most common markings.
White line markings
The most common kind of highway marking, these lines tell you a lot about the road you are travelling on. A white line that travels along the road informs or warns you about upcoming situations such as ‘do not cross’ or ‘turn right’. Lines that transverse give you information such as ‘give way’ or ‘stop’.
A broken white line indicates a middle of the road. However, if these lines are longer, with shorter gaps, it indicates a hazard and asks you to stay alert if you are trying to overtake a vehicle. There are also double white lines, carriage lines, short white broken lines and more, each one with its own instructions. A white zig-zag line is usually found on either side of the pedestrian crossing, which indicates that parking or overtaking is prohibited.
Yellow line markings
Another type of highway marking is the yellow line that gives you waiting for instructions. A yellow line marked on the road or on the edge of a pavement or kerb indicates restricted parking to help keep the traffic flowing and prevent any obstructions on public highways. While a double yellow line indicates there is no waiting at any time, a single yellow line tends to be less restrictive. Loading instructions are also indicated with yellow markings. You will usually find plates attached to lampposts for most yellow markings giving you the exact restrictions or exceptions if any. You may also see yellow zig-zag lines outside hospitals, schools, fire stations etc where parking or waiting is strictly prohibited.
A rarely seen colour, red lines are used to ban all stopping, loading and parking. While single red lines apply only during the working hours of the day, double red lines apply at all times. If there are any exceptions, they are indicated where they apply.
Other road markings
Some of the other road markings include arrows pointing left, right or straight, ‘slow’, ‘keep clear’, cycle sign, ‘bus lane’ or specific names of roads or areas to keep you informed on the correct routes to take.
Road markings help you navigate the road systems, informs you of upcoming hazards and help you drive safely. It is very important to have clear markings for road safety. It avoids any confusion and ensures the safety of all the users, including pedestrians, animals, and properties.