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Everything You Need to Know about Road Markings & Road Lines

This is everything you need to learn about pavement markings for your State’s DMV test.

The video shows you the important difference between yellow and white lines. It also tells you what broken (dashed) and solid lines mean.

You will also see some other important lane lines and pavement markings that DMV may ask you about on your DMV/Permit test.

Driver Handbooks in all States have a page or two about road lines and other pavement markings. Markings are important to control traffic and you are likely to see at least one question about road markings on your official test.

This study video makes it easier to remember some of the simple facts.


Cover photo by Craig Adderley from Pexels.

Music in this video: A New Orleans Crawfish Boil by Unicorn Heads.


A video to help you study for your state’s DMV Test.

First: understand the colors!

Yellow lines:

- Mark the center of a roadway.

- Separate traffic going in oppposite directions.

- On a divided highway, they mark the left edge.

White lines:

- Mark the right edge of a roadway.

- Separate traffic going in the same direction.

Look at this 4-lane roadway! White lines (solid or broken) separate travel lanes going in the same direction. Yellow lines (solid or broken) separate travel lanes going in opposite directions.

 

Next: understand the difference between solid and broken lines.

Broken lines = permissive movements.

Solid lines = restricted movements.

Broken white lines:

Mean you may cross the lines when safe!

Again – they separate traffic going in the same direction.

A solid white line:

A normal single solid white line means that crossing the line is discouraged - not prohibited.

Don’t cross the line – except to avoid an accident.

Double white lines:

Double white lines mean that crossing the lines is prohibited.

Don’t cross the lines under any circumstances.

Broken yellow lines:

- Mark a passing zone.

- You may drive on the left side to pass other vehicles.

- You may pass only when safe.

Double solid yellow lines:

- Mark a no-passing zone.

- You may NOT drive on the left side to pass other vehicles.

- You may cross the lines when making a left turn.

 

Next: Solid and broken yellow lines used together.

- You may drive on the left if the broken line is closest to your lane.

- You may NOT drive on the left if the solid line is closest to your lane.

- You may cross the lines when making a left turn.

Next: Understand shared center lanes (left-turn only lanes).

Solid and broken yellow lines are also used for shared center lanes.

Solid yellow = don’t cross unless you are making a left turn.

Remember the center lane is for LEFT turns only!

It is NOT a passing lane!

Don’t wait here to make a right turn!

Next: Understand reversible lanes (flex lanes).

Double dashed lines mark a reversible lane - also called a flex lane.

Traffic may move in one direction during morning commute and in the other during evening commute.

Special lane-use control signals show you if you can use a reversible lane or not.

 

Next: Other markings you should know.

Stop line (limit line) - Always stop before crossing this line!

Crosswalk lines are two solid white lines painted across all traffic lanes. If there is no stop line, stop before the crosswalk!

Sharrows and bike lanes: Can you tell the difference?

This symbol marks a bicycle lane.

This symbol marks a lane shared by motorists and bicyclists (sharrow).

Sharrows are used to alert motorists that bicyclists may occupy the travel lane. Sharrows can also help bicyclists to maintain a safe lane position.

The diamond symbol marks a reserved lane, usually a HOV* lane. (HOV = High Occupancy Vehicle)

 

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