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The Road Markers and Traffic Lights You’ll Encounter While Driving

Aside from various car parts like mufflers and radiators, you should also know about the different road markers and traffic lights that you will encounter while on the road. These essential in helping you avoid accidents or injuries while driving. Let’s check out a few below:

Road Markings

Road with Markings

Solid White Lines

These separate the road to determine the traffic flow on lanes where cars are going in one direction. Note that you cannot overtake, switch lanes or speed up when you see the lines on the road. These also serve as a marker or border for road edges.

Broken White Lines

These broken white lines indicate that you can safely overtake the vehicle in front of you.

Yellow Center Lines

Yellow center lines separate the road for two traffic flows that are going in opposite directions. Like solid white lines, you’re also not permitted to overtake when these are on the road.

Broken Yellow Lines

These allow you to overtake on the left side when the coast is clear.

Double Solid Yellow Lines

These restrict you from overtaking on either side. You can only cross these lines when entering a side street or making a legal U-turn.

Pavement Arrows

When you see this on the road with other signs, you must follow the direction it points to as it indicates where the traffic must flow.

Pedestrian Lanes

These are places where pedestrians can safely cross the road.

Traffic Lights

Traffic Lights


When you see red, do a complete stop or else you may cause an accident or injury to anyone crossing the road.


Yellow also means stop. If you’re approaching an intersection and the traffic light switches to yellow, you must stop. However, in the event that you are not able to stop safely, proceed with caution. In situations when you are in the middle of the intersection when the light switched to yellow you are still slowed to proceed but do so with extreme caution.


You may go but only when you see that the intersection is completely clear. Do remember that even if the light has turned green, you must still give way to any vehicles or pedestrians crossing.

Green Arrow

A green arrow means that you can only drive in the direction the arrow is pointing to.

Yellow Arrow

When you see a yellow arrow, it does not mean stop completely. Rather, it means proceed only in the direction of the arrow with extreme caution.

Flashing Red

This indicates you should stop and check if the intersection is clear before you move on.

Flashing Yellow

This implies you should approach with extreme caution and give way to those vehicles or pedestrians who are still crossing the intersection.

Red Man Icon (Pedestrian Traffic Light)

Often accompanied by a timer, this simply means do not cross the street as vehicles are still passing through.

Green Man Icon (Pedestrian Traffic Light)

This, on the other hand, indicates that it is now safe for the pedestrians to cross.

If you want to have a problem-free drive and if you want to be a model motorist then better memorize these markers and traffic lights. Have a safe trip!

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