Line Striping Essentials: Road Stripe Types & Their Translations

Line Striping Essentials: Road Stripe Types & Their Translations

Granted, line striping is an important aspect of ADA compliance in parking lots and pavement markings, and traffic guidance markers for motorists. Still, most traffic violations occur because of a lack of comprehension of what they mean.

Road markings are a morse code of their own where every dash, stripe, & symbol is significant for traffic regulation directives. Today, Straight Edge will cite some types of line stripes that are meant to help navigators stay in their lanes and avoid traffic hazards.

1. Double Solid Line

If your pavement supports two unbroken parallel white stripes cutting through the center of the pavement, you are to stay in your lane on either side. Double solid yellow is for lanes with opposing traffic directions.

2. Solid & Dotted Line

If a central unbroken line is running parallel to dashed (broken) lines, the person on the broken line’s side can overtake and shift to the unbroken lane. Yellow stripe color is for opposite traffic flows.

3. Broken Line

These are prevalent in multi-lane highways and indicate you can overtake and shift lanes as desired. If yellow, then its for opposite traffic direction.

4. Flushed Lines

These are white lines painted diagonally onto the pavement’s center and indicate one can halt to change their lane. These lines do not allow for overtaking in lanes.

5. Give Way & Crossing Lines

A give way line indicates a halt at an intersection. These are broken line stripes are painted perpendicular to the lane or carriageway and are essential in areas with heavy traffic to prevent accidents.

6. Turning Bay Lines

These are lanes marked by diagonal lines, arrows, and a short unbroken line at busy intersections where you can halt and wait to turn in either direction after the primary priority lane traffic has taken the compulsory turn.

7. Broken Yellow Stripes

These lines are often accompanied by road signage to indicate a lane that is not designated for vehicle parking within the hours mentioned on the signage. Bus and cyclist lanes are prime examples of broken yellow stripes. An unbroken yellow line in commercial areas means you can’t stop your vehicle there unless it’s an emergency.

8. Unbroken Double Parallel & Triangles

Called the ‘dragon’s teeth’, this type of striping is common in school zones and heightens the driver’s awareness to cruise below 40km/h.

9. Unbroken Zig Zag Line

An unbroken zig-zag line indicates you are turning into a lane with a crosswalk up ahead, so reduce speed.

10. Rumble Strips

A straight line with texturized notches to one side like a scale is a standard feature on roads that assist with long-distance traveling. The raised notches create an audible warning for a drowsy or impaired driver to stay awake and safe while driving.

Midland, TX happens to be a very visually aesthetic city and this is partially because of great pavement striping appeal. Sure, we make our asphalt turn out pretty indestructible, but we also bring out the best in our quality line striping services.

Straight Edge Contractors are your local paving & line striping experts in Midland, so don’t hesitate to schedule a striping job with us in your neighborhood.

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