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Whether you’re a learner driver or an experienced driver brushing up on your knowledge, you may be wondering what the different road markings are and what they mean. It is important that you are able to recognise and understand what different road markings mean so you can drive safely and with confidence. Below we explain what some of the most common road markings signify…

Broken white lines: You can change lanes if you wish, providing it is safe to do so.

Solid white line: You must stay in your chosen lane.

White lines and arrows: These lines indicate which direction traffic must travel in.

White diagonal hatching: Hatching is used to create enough space between lanes for vehicles to turn off safely. If the hatching is bordered by a broken white line, you can enter it if it’s safe to do so.

Single yellow edge line: You are allowed to wait or park here but only at certain times. The times will differ and should be indicated on a sign close by.

Double yellow edge lines: No parking or waiting here at any time.

White triangle: A warning to drivers that there is a give way coming up ahead.

If you’re a driver, you should not drive your vehicle without a thorough understanding of UK road signs and markings to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. Similarly, if you are a landowner and own a private road or business park, it is your responsibility to have well maintained, correct road markings.

If you are unsure what road markings you require or need professional road markings painted, contact Highways East Midlands for a free road marking quote. From traditional markings to bespoke options, Highways East Midlands can deliver quality, durable markings.