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Facts about Road Markings You Probably Know but Forget About

by William Hayes (writer), , August 14, 2014

Guidance is needed for people who have gone astray.

Guidance is needed for people who have gone astray. This is true as sometimes, people tend to veer away from what is right and end up doing the wrong things because there’s nothing that reminds them of what they really should be doing. This can’t any be truer when it comes to driving and drivers veering from the right way. According to studies, driving at the wrong side of the road is one of the reasons why motor vehicle accidents happen. The improper use of roads also contributes to these driving safety risks. The sad reality is that there are a number of drivers that are not aware of the traffic laws being implemented. They are not aware that the very reminders of traffic laws are in the roads itself. And since they do not have an idea on what these laws are, these drivers end up driving erratically, violating many traffic laws and regulations that in turn cause deadly accidents.

What Are the Different Road Markings?

Driving on the proper side of the road and following traffic laws are critical in keeping you safe from accidents. To be able to do just that, roads have different signs and marking to remind you of the traffic laws implemented in the area. One of the most important and common traffic law reminders for drivers are the markings on the road. Road surface marking is a device or material that is used and put on a road surface, conveying official and important information. Here are some of the examples of road marking and what do these mean:

·Single broken lines – here, passing or lane changing is allowed

·Single solid white lines – lane changing is discouraged, but not necessarily prohibited

·Double solid white lines – here, lane changing ins prohibited.

For two-lane roads:

·Single broken center line – passing on either directions is allowed

·Double solid center line – passing on both directions is prohibited

·Solid line and broken line combination – passing is allowed only from the side where the broken line is. However passing is prohibited on the side where the solid line is.

Other road markings:

·Pair of white lines or zebra stripes – pedestrian cross walks

·White marks in parking lines – regular parking slot

·Blue marks in parking lines – handicapped parking slot

·Yellow lane – separates traffic directions

What Are the Different Road Markings?

Many countries around the world use Botts’ dots in marking lanes on most freeways and city roads. Bott’s dots are non-reflective, round raised pavement markers. Other names of these are turtles and buttons. These are named after Dr. Elbert Dysart Botts, an engineer from the California Department of Transportation which oversaw the research leading to the development of these markers. In a nutshell, raised pavement markers help reduce chances of car crashes on roadways and freeways, saving lives of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Benefits of Road Markers

These markings on the road may be simple, but as a study has proven that the installation of such lanes have resulted to the reduction of crashes, even the types and severity of these mishaps. This in turn lessens the number of injuries and fatalities because of motor vehicle accidents. That is why as drivers, everyone should respect and be mindful of these lines as these simple road markings can make a huge difference and actually save your life. In the end, one doesn’t need to look up for answers on how to stay safe while driving, because the signs are on the road itself.

Traffic accidents are not uncommon throughout Australia, and one way to curb such unfortunate trend is to respect all traffic rules and subscribe to safe driving practices. In order to avoid the rise of traffic accidents in the country, it is a must to know all necessary traffic rules and to religiously follow them.

About the Writer

William Hayes is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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