If you think that you are safe on the road because you follow the traffic lights and understand road signs, it’s time you think again. Road markings are as important as road signs. If you want to ensure your safety when driving a vehicle and avoid fines, you should know the different types of road marking and what they indicate. People often tend to ignore the white and yellow markings on the road. Don’t let road markings take a back seat if you want to ensure a safe and smooth drive.

5 Common Road Markings And What They Mean

  • Broken White Lines

If you notice broken white lines on the road, you can change the lane with caution. They are generally drawn on a two-way road or a one-way road. You can overtake if there is a broken white line, but you should first check the approaching traffic.

  • Solid White Line

Solid white lines are generally drawn on a two-way road. If you notice one, avoid overtaking the vehicle ahead. A solid white line also indicates that you should not change lanes and stay in the one you already are.

  • Single Solid Yellow Line

Single solid yellow lines are generally seen on a two-way road and indicate that you can overtake or pass a vehicle but can’t cross the yellow line. It is why single solid yellow lines are always drawn on the side of the lane. They indicate that the road has ended. The line might have different rules in different places.

  • Double Solid Yellow Lines

Double yellow lines mean that you should not wait at the place with this road mark. There is a prohibition of waiting, even if you don’t notice upright signs. You should avoid waiting or parking your car there to pick up passengers. On the other hand, an upright sign indicates that you should not stop.

  • Solid Yellow Line And Broken Yellow Line

One of the most common road markings in Reading are yellow lines. They are drawn on the centre of a two-way road to indicate two-way traffic. You are allowed to overtake the vehicle ahead if the yellow line is broken. You should avoid passing the lane if you notice that a solid and broken yellow line is drawn together.

Since you are now aware of the typical road markings and what they indicate, it’s time you get in touch with a team of experts in marking installations.

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