Road Markings & Lines Along the Road

There’s a bewildering array of road markings & lines along the road, throw this in with everything else you need to take in as a new driver and you’re certainly going to have your hands full.

Lines & lanes along the roadMany roads have white lines along them. They either mark the number of lanes or separate the two halves of the road. Sometimes, that centre line may change to longer lines with shorter gaps; these are hazard warning lines. Be on the lookout for a junction, traffic lights, or some other hazard which may cause you to slow down.

Double White Lines along the Road

There are places where you will see double white lines along the centre of the road. These are in place to restrict overtaking in areas where this would be especially hazardous.

When the line nearest to you is broken, you can cross them to overtake if it’s safe.

When the line nearest to you is solid, then you must not cross them to overtake other than to pass a vehicle which is travelling very slowly at 10mph or less. You can cross a solid white line however in order to pass a stationary obstruction, or to make a right turn.

You’re also not allowed to park at the side of the road when there are double white lines along the centre, regardless of whether the one nearest to you is broken.

Hatched Markings

Hatched markings are areas of stripes painted across the road, usually painted in white. Their function is to separate streams of traffic; particularly those approaching from opposite directions. In places where a traffic island would not be appropriate, the hatched markings act as a virtual island to keep drivers apart.

Can you drive through hatched markings?

It depends on the design. Where an area of hatched marking has a solid white border, then no; you MUST not drive into the area unless this is unavoidable in an emergency. With a broken border however, then you may drive through the markings providing you can see that is it safe to do so.

Coloured Road Markings & Lines Along the Road

  • A single yellow line along the edge of the road means no waiting during the times shown on signposts (except when loading or unloading)
  • Double yellow lines mean no waiting at any time (except when loading or unloading)
  • A single red line means no stopping during times shown
  • A double red line means no stopping at any time

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