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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