Despite encountering them every day, most people do not know what road markings mean. These markings are essential for drivers, pedestrians and motorists alike. They vary depending on the road layout and structure. Each sign implies a different meaning, and it is imperative to know about them. In this blog, we have discussed road markings, explaining what they mean and what you should do.  

Types of Road Markings in the UK 

1. Across the Road 

  • Stop Line at Signals 

You can notice a white line going across the road alongside the traffic lights. You can see the lines in the area of police control. The marking implies you stop before the line as directed by the traffic police or lights. You should also slow down before rolling into the cycling box at the advanced stop line.  

  • Stop Line at Stop Sign  

This is a thick white line that appears next to the stop sign. The marking reminds the drivers to stop and give way to the walking traffic. It indicates moving ahead carefully and safely. You can find this line at the junctions which do not have traffic lights.

  • Give Way to Traffic  

On the major road, there are white double broken lines. The lines indicate the motorist to give way to traffic on major highways and roads. Drivers need not stop on this line. However, they ought to keep an eye on the traffic passing by. Sometimes, you can see broken white lines drawn at large and mini-roundabouts. At the mini ones, you can see chunkier broken lines. These junctions are commonly seen on the local roads.  

2. Along the Road 

There are different kinds of road markings along the carriageway. You can take a look at them here. 

  • Edge Line 

The experts draw them white on the left side of the road. Sometimes, the lines are ribbed to alert drivers that they are off-road. The markings at the edge are an excellent way to maintain lateral positioning on the road. You can find these markings along long stretches of the road.  

  • Centre Line 

They are white in colour and drawn with a broken design at the centre of the road. This line separates the traffic on the road. The gap size depends on the speed limit. This is a standard marking that you can encounter on all types of roads. 

  • Hazard Warning Light 

They are similar in appearance to the broken centre lines. But they have one point of key difference. The painted sections are long in length than the unpainted parts. You can find these markings while at the juncture or a central refuge.  

  • Double White Lines  

When double white lines are present, you should pay close attention to whether it is solid or broken. If broken, you can cross the line to overtake another vehicle. You can perform this only in time to return to the side of the road before the line turns solid.   

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