Road Lines and Pavement Markings USA

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# 1: A white line on your left:

White road lines
White lane markings separate traffic traveling in the same direction. White lines are also used to mark the road edge.

# 2: Solid double white lines separating traffic mean:

Solid double white line - FreeDMVTest.info
Where crossing the lane line markings is prohibited, the lane line markings consist of a solid double white line. A solid single white line means you shouldn't change lane unless it is absolutely necessary.

# 3: Blue pavement markings indicate:

When used, blue markings shall supplement white markings for parking spaces for persons with disabilities.

# 4: A white diamond painted on the pavement indicates:

White diamond on the pavement
High-Occupancy-Vehicle (HOV) Lanes are indicated by white diamonds in the roadway.

# 5: If you enter a roadway with a solid yellow line on your right and a white line on your left:

When there is a yellow line on your right.
Yellow lines separate traffic going in opposite directions. They mark the center of the roadway (undivided highways) or the left edge on divided highways. If you find the yellow line on your right, you are going the wrong way against traffic! Pull over and stop immediately. Turn around when safe.

# 6: Yellow lines on the pavement:

Yellow road markings
Yellow road lines separates traffic traveling in opposite directions. White separates traffic traveling in the same direction.

# 7: Red reflectors on the pavement show:

Red reflectors on the pavement show areas not to be entered or used. They are positioned on the road surface so that only traffic flowing in the wrong direction would observe them.

# 8: A center lane marked on both sides by a solid yellow line and a broken yellow line:

Two-way left-turn lane - FreeDMVTest.info
The lane line pavement markings on each side of the two-way left-turn lane consist of a normal broken yellow line and a normal solid yellow line. This lane can be used by traffic in either direction as part of a left-turn maneuver.

# 9: This pavement marking indicate:

Bicycle symbol with a double chevron arrow above it
A shared lane marking, or sharrow, consists of a bicycle symbol with a double chevron arrow above it and is used on travel lanes too narrow for motor vehicles and bicycles to share side-by-side. Sharrows clarify where bicyclists are encouraged to ride in the lane and remind drivers to expect bicyclists on the road.

# 10: A normal solid single white lane line means:

white solid line
A normal solid white line separates traffic going in the same direction and means that changing lanes is discouraged. Stay in your lane. You may, however, change lane, if necessary and safe.

# 11: What does the marking in center lane (B) mean?

White turn lane arrows
Dual-use lanes have both a turn arrow and a straight arrow. Always use traffic lanes as they are defined by pavement markings and road signs. When a lane is marked with both a curved and straight arrow, turning or proceeding straight ahead is allowed. When a lane is marked with a single curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must turn in the direction of the arrow.

# 12: When are broken white lines used as pavement marking between lanes?

White road lines
Broken white lines separate lanes of traffic going in the same direction. Changing lanes is permitted, if safe.

# 13: On a four-lane road you may cross two solid yellow lines to pass other vehicles:

Two solid yellow lines
Two solid yellow center lines (a double yellow line) means you are in a no-passing zone. Yo can cross these lines only when making a legal left turn.

# 14: These pavement markings are used for:

Normal broken double yellow lines - FreeDMVTest.info
Reversible lanes have a normal broken double yellow line on each side. Reversible lanes are lanes in which the direction of travel is reversed from time to time.

# 15: When you see a solid yellow center line on your side on a two-lane road, you should:

Solid yellow line on your side
If there are two yellow lines, solid on right (“your side”) and broken on left, passing is not allowed in this lane. You may, however, cross the line to turn left, if it is safe to do so.

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DMV Questions about Road Lines & Markings

Road lines and other pavement markings guide or warn you of certain conditions. The help regulate traffic and improve safety.

Markings may be yellow, white, red, blue, or purple. They may be used alone or in combinations. Each has a different meaning.

The Most Important Rules for Your Knowledge Test

Some of the basics include the difference between yellow and white lines (regardless if they are solid or broken):

  • Yellow lines separate traffic going in opposite directions.
  • White lines separate traffic going in the same direction.

You should also understand how double lines, single solid lines, and broken lines are used. The general functions are:

  • A double line indicates maximum or special restrictions (often you are prohibited to cross a double line).
  • A solid line discourages or prohibits crossing (depending on the specific application).
  • A broken line indicates a permissive condition (you may cross, if safe).
  • A dotted line provides guidance or warning of a downstream change in lane function (often used in intersections or to separate exit lanes).

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