- Pavement markings are used like roadway signs to warn, regulate, and inform
- Yellow markings, such as center lines, separate traffic flow going in opposite directions.
- White markings, such as lane lines, separate traffic going in the same direction.
- Dashed lines are permissive.
- Solid white lines are restrictive, and solid yellow lines are prohibitive. It is illegal to drive on the shoulder of
Read the traffic markings, know what they mean, and obey them. Pavement markings have the same force of law as signs or signals.
- Yellow lines separate traffic going in opposite directions.
- Dashed yellow line markings indicate where passing is permitted on two-lane, two-way roadways.
- Solid yellow center lines indicate where passing is not permitted; although, turning into a driveway across them is allowed.
- A single solid yellow line indicates the left edge of a divided roadway.
- White lines separate traffic going in the same direction on multi-lane or one-way roadways.
- Dashed white lines separate lanes of travel where changing lanes is not restricted and where the lane use is not
- Solid white lines indicate the edges of lanes specified for certain uses where changing lanes is to be discouraged.
- Solid white lines are also used to mark the outside edge of the pavement or to indicate the edge of the shoulder. Drive within a lane and do not move from it until it is safe to do so.
- Pavement legends convey important information. An arrow indicates that the lane with that marking is reserved exclusively for making the movement indicated by the arrow. You must make the movement indicated by the arrow, if it is in your lane.
- Special legends such as “STOP AHEAD,” “SCHOOL,” and “R X R” indicate special conditions to the driver. Although they are not regulatory, they are used only where the condition such as a “STOP” sign, school buildings, or railroad crossing requires extreme caution on the part of the motorist. Pay special heed to these legends and be prepared to stop.
- Transverse markings such as stop lines, crosswalks, and parking space markings are white lines intended to guide the driver. Stop lines indicate the farthest point into the intersection an automobile may extend to allow the driver a clear view of approaching traffic. Stop lines are not used with crosswalks where the line farthest from the crossroad indicates the limits of the intersection. Stay outside of the limits of an intersection until you may enter it with safety. Likewise, park within marked parking stalls.
- Crosswalk lines need not be painted at all intersections nor do they need be in place to indicate where pedestrians have the right-of-way. Pedestrians have the right-of-way at marked crosswalks or at intersections. Do not drive so as to make a pedestrian yield to you; the motorist should always yield to the pedestrian. Also, do not pass to the right or left of an automobile which is stopped at a crosswalk to allow a pedestrian to cross the street in either direction.
- If you find you are in the wrong lane to turn when entering an intersection, do not turn or impede so you can turn. Continue on around the block. Be alert for no “U” turn signs.