Types of Road Line Markings in the United States

Road and Car Park Line Marking

car-park-marking-1There are several different kinds of road marking line in the United States. They are just as important as street signs; because they let, drivers know what they can do or what they cannot do in that area. The road marking lines are so important that people that are going for their drivers licenses  needs to know the meaning of all the different types of road line marking methods mean before they will get there license. It would be on the written test that everybody has to take before they are allowed to get there driving permit.

White lines:

Longitudinal white lines- Tells the drivers of a situation is approaching, and that they will need to be prepared to do some sort of action like:

  • Do not cross
  • Give way
  • Stop
  • Transverse- gives the drivers direction
  • Turn right

Broken white lines: This road marking line stands for there is a hazard nearby. Drivers should not cross it unless they know that the road is clear. If the road is clear then they can either pass another vehicle or turn onto another road.

Double white lines: Do not cross unless you have to avoid danger in the roadway.

Single solid white lines with a broken line next to it: If the broken white line is on the same side as the drivers, those drivers are able to cross if it is safe to do so to pass another vehicle.

Reflective Studs:

car-park-markingThe reflective studs are located within the pavement. The driver’s headlights activate them.  Therefore, they only work at nighttime, when the drivers need to have their headlights on. These are often located in areas of car park line marking where after-hours, or  evening opening hours are in operation. These are placed to make sure that everybody is safe at all hours of the day.

  • Green Studs indicates the major carriageway.
  • Red Stud Indicate the edge of the left side of the road.
  • White studs indicate the middle of the road.

Yellow Lines Marking:

If yellow lines are on the side of the curb or road then it indicates some kind of waiting restrictions.

  • Double yellow lines: There are no wait times. Unless marked by a street sign that is on some sort of pole, that is visible to drivers.
  • Single yellow Lines: They are more relaxed. They are also accompanied with a street signs. The street signs let the drivers know when they are able to park there. For example, drivers are able to park during 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

Red Lines:

Red lines are less common then the other colors. Therefore, rarely seen but still just as important.

  • Double Lines: Drivers are banned to do any kind of loading, parking, or stopping. This applies to anytime during the day.
  • Single Lines: Drivers are banned to do any kind of loading, parking, and stopping. This only applies during a workday.

There are some exceptions. If that is the case, then it will indicate what the exceptions are with a street sign on a pole nearby.