An article on some basic road markings and their meanings.
1. Broken White Line
A broken white line simply indicates that you can change the lane, but with caution.
2. Straight White Line
Unlike the broken white line, a straight white line is only made on a two-way road and it implies that you can’t overtake the vehicle ahead, in other words, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CHANGE LANES.
3. Single Straight Yellow Line
This is also made on a two-way road. The yellow line implies that overtaking a vehicle is allowed, but crossing the yellow line is not allowed. This is why, a single yellow line is also made on the side of the lanes, implying the end of the road.
4. Double Straight Yellow Lines
In case of double straight yellow lines, passing is strictly restricted.
5. Broken Yellow Line
This is also like the broken white lines where one vehicle can overtake the other, but with caution.
6. Straight Yellow Line with Broken Yellow Line
This implies that if you are driving on the side of the broken line, you can’t overtake any vehicle, but if you’re driving on the straight line, you can overtake.
There are other road markings, but these are the basic ones we mostly see, and also some markings are different depending on the countries.
Some Comments on road markings and their meanings
Sorry quick question, I thought the white lines and the broken lines, were to note which roads, are fed roads and state gov roads project. I haven’t seen any of the yellow lines in Nigeria either.
I used to know all these road signs, but I’ve forgotten them. You just refreshed my memory. Thanks.
People in the comments section saying “thanks for this, i didn’t know about this, this is educative, yen yen yen”
Now that y’all know about this, how many of us is going to take note of this when driving?
I know many people that think the lines are just there to separate the lanes.
They won’t teach you about the meaning of road markings or road signs in driving school these days. Thank you.
This educative thread was originally created by
@Motolanii_ on Twitter. Knowing and obeying that road signs and markings will drastically reduced accidents on our roads.
This information is very useful.