Road markings help to control and guide traffic on roads and highways. Their presence acts as a psychological barrier and shows road users clearly the delineation of the road for safe movement of traffic. A harmonious flow of traffic is essential for all road users, vehicles, and pedestrians for their safe passage. There are longitudinal markings, object markings, special markings, and transverse markings to warn the driver about the road ahead. All motorists are unconsciously looking for road markings to guide them about the road ahead. It is not enough to have road markings. They must be clearly visible both night and day and very distinctly marked.
Information Conveyed Through Road Markings
The importance of road markings cannot be exaggerated. Motorists need the information that these markings provide to make their travel ahead safe and smooth. Road markings help us to delineate cycle and bus lanes. They tell us about speed limits and about pedestrian crossings. Single and double yellow lines have a message for drivers as do lines that separate lane of traffic. If you do not recognise and follow these road markings, there could be dangerous repercussions. For example, not stopping at zebra crossings could result in you mowing down slow-moving pedestrians.
Highway Markings by Professionals
All road markings should be done by professionals. This is to ensure that it is done in a proficient way with the right paint and materials, so that it is clear, bright, and durable. It should be maintained regularly so that it is not covered with dust or fading with time and use. When properly done, these markings help to reduce the number of highway fatalities. Professional line markers can be called to remove existing lines and to lay new line tapes and reflective cat’s eyes. Retroreflective safety devices also called cat’s eyes or road studs are very important for motorists to recognise the demarcations on the road especially at night.
Meanings Conveyed by Highway Markings
Car park markings have to clearly follow the specifications laid down by law or else it can get pretty confusing. Vehicles that come in to offload passengers in malls and football stadiums need a clearly demarcated area to safely park their vehicles. Haphazard parking happens when there are no car park markings leading to exit and entry of vehicles being blocked and unpleasant confrontations. Car park markings also help to define footpaths and walkways in high traffic areas making movement of pedestrians and vehicles absolutely safe.