Whether you’re a seasoned driver or a fresh one, highway markings can get confusing at times. The meaning of these markings usually changes based on different shapes, colours and locations. But these markings are extremely essential to promote road safety and prevent vehicles from colliding. It is therefore essential to know about the different highway and road markings and follow them when you step out next.
Markings along the road
You will find several lines along the carriageway in different shapes. Edge lines are one such kind of highway marking. These lines are found on the left end of the road and painted white in colour. Sometimes, you may also see these lines in a ribbed pattern. This pattern is known as Raised Profile Edge lines. It is drawn to alert the drivers that they’re warding off the road and need to get within the line. These lines are often drawn on roads prone to fog and mist. It may also appear on roads where the width suddenly changes through the stretch. Hazard warning line is another type of road marking line. This is a kind of centre line with the only difference being the length of the painted markings compared to the unpainted one. The painted lines for this kind of markings are longer and indicate an approaching junction.
Markings across the road
When you see chunky and broken white lines at a mini roundabout, you’ll know that you’re at a small junction. It is painted to indicate that you need to give way to the traffic from the right. However, the ‘give way to traffic’ lines on major roads are different. The road marking at this location is broken, white lines indicating motorists to give way to traffic. These lines can appear on major roads and mini roundabouts.
Markings on the kerb
Markings along the kerb are responsible for indicating the movement of vehicles in that area. Double yellow lines are a form of highway marking, indicating that no vehicles shall load or unload there at any given time. However, vehicles are allowed to pick-up and drop customers at these lines. Single yellow lines are more temporary in nature. These lines also prohibit loading and unloading of vehicles. However, you can check the signboards near it to confirm the duration of this enforcement. If the number of days are not specified, then it can be implied throughout the year. Now that you are informed about these road markings, remember to be more cautious when step out next time.