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Know how - What do different road markings indicate?

Know how - What do different road markings indicate?

Snapshot: Road markings are the least understood and followed concept in India and is a major lapse in road safety.

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Have you put your seatbelt on? Yes! Do you follow the traffic light? Yes! Do you follow the traffic rules? Yes! Do you understand road sign? Yes! What about road markings then? No, I don't know what does different road markings mean. Well, that's what the general perception of people in India are, because apparently, these markings have nothing to do with safety.

Wrong! The road markings in white and yellow which you have been ignoring throughout, serves a very useful purpose. Especially in a country like India, where safety takes a back seat, knowing these road markings and following them can make our drive, safe and smooth. So what does these broken/solid and yellow/white lines imply?

Here's what these lines mean -

1. Broken white line

The most common of all, a broken white line indicates that you can change the lane, but with caution. Drawn on either a one-way road or a two-way road (where traffic is coming from both the sides), a broken white line will help you overtake, but after you have checked for any approaching traffic.

2. Solid white line

Unlike the broken white line, a solid white line is only drawn on a two-way road and it indicates that you can't overtake the vehicle ahead, or simply put, you are not allowed to change the lanes and should stay in the lane you are already on.


 3. Single solid yellow line

Yet another marking on the two-way road is a single solid yellow line. The yellow line indicates that passing or overtaking a vehicle is allowed, but crossing the yellow line is not allowed. This is why, a single yellow line is also drawn on the side of the lanes, indicating the end of the road. This rule, however, may vary from state to state. For e.g., in Telangana, a solid yellow line means no overtaking.


4. Double solid yellow lines

Indian road system is borrowed from the United Kingdom road model, as India was once a British colony. But over the years, India also developed its road marking system. In some part of the country, the U.K model is still followed. In case of double solid yellow lines, passing is strictly restricted.


5. Broken Yellow Line

Like the broken white line, while driving over the broken yellow line, one can pass the vehicles, but with caution.


6. Solid yellow line with broken yellow line

Combine the above two and you get the combination of the solid yellow line with a broken yellow line. Meaning, if you are driving on the side of the broken line, you can't overtake any vehicle. But if you're driving on the solid line, you can overtake.

We know that the road markings are not the usual safety thing and may be the very last thing to understand and follow. But following these rules may not be that bad! After all, we all have to take safe driving forward and make India a safe driving place!

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