Pavement Markings And What They Mean

Pavement Markings And What They Mean

We all know that roads can be confusing, with lanes and cars coming in from all directions. Ever wonder what those stripes on the road mean? You probably know that yellow means “caution,” but do you know what all of those other symbols mean?

Pavement markings are used to communicate with drivers. While some pavement marks may seem like an insignificant aspect of the road, they can be quite important. Understanding what paving marks mean is critical for keeping you and other drivers safe as you navigate traffic.

This blog post will discuss some of the most common pavement lines you see on the road.

White Road Lines

White markings can be in solid, broken, or single and double lines. They manage traffic going in the same direction.

Single White Broken Lines

Single white broken lines indicate that you can change lanes if there are no other cars close to you in the other lane.

Single White Solid Line

The single white solid line often indicates the shoulder or edge of the roadway or pavement where cars should not drive over, such as parking lots and intersections.

Double White Lines on the Road

Double white lines on the road are road markings that indicate that this is not a passing zone and vehicles must not cross the lines. The purpose of these lines is to show a barrier.

Yellow Road Lines

Yellow lines safely divide and manage traffic going in opposite directions. They can also be in solid, broken, or single and double lines.

Broken Yellow Lines

The purpose of broken yellow lines is to indicate you may pass a vehicle that’s in front of you with care and if it is safe. Ensure that the other side of the road is clear before crossing.

Solid Yellow Line

A solid yellow line is a marking that indicates the center of a two-way roadway. It is prohibited to cross this line as there is danger of on-coming traffic.

A Solid and a Broken Yellow Line

This kind of line indicates that drivers on one side may overtake, while drivers on the other side must stick to their lane. Drivers who are on the side with the solid yellow line may NOT overtake, while drivers who are on the side with the broken yellow line may overtake with caution.

Double Solid Yellow Lines

Double solid yellow lines are used to separate lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions. Double solid yellow lines indicate that drivers should overtake for any reason.

Pavement markings are a vital component of the roadway safety system. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published guidelines for pavement marking design to ensure uniformity and consistency in placement, spacing, and coloration throughout the nation’s streets and highways.

If you have any questions about what the various symbols on the pavement in your area mean, or if your company in Norcross needs help with asphalt maintenance servicespavement marking, or line striping, please do not hesitate to call our team at Athens-Atlanta Asphalt Co., Inc. 

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