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Old 11-19-2012, 08:08 AM   #1
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Did you know that the color and width of pavement markings hold significant meaning? Care to venture a guess as to what the colors are telling you when you see yellow and or white markings, such as one would find on a typical US Interstate? Which side of the Interstate driving lane has the white line and which side has the yellow line?

How about the marking or line width? What does a narrow line or a wide line mean?
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I don't know about the width of the markings, but yellow stripe is always on the left side (driver's side) of the road and the white stripe is on the right side (passenger's side) for the direction the traffic is headed.
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Did you know that the color and width of pavement markings hold significant meaning? Care to venture a guess as to what the colors are telling you when you see yellow and or white markings, such as one would find on a typical US Interstate? Which side of the Interstate driving lane has the white line and which side has the yellow line?

How about the marking or line width? What does a narrow line or a wide line mean?
That one tells me the paint crew had a 3 martini lunch.
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If you're asking, you probably should go back to Driver's Ed. Here's a link:
Signs, Signals, and Markings - Road Marking

As highway budgets become tighter, lines are fading away.
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I had one of our 16 year old neighbor's children ask me that question when she was studying for her drivers permit. She was trying to trip me up knowing that in my former life I had to know that type of question, and she was hoping to be able to say "I know something you don't". She also said that none of the adults she has talked to knew the correct answer, except for me. In fact, some of the adults didn't realize that roads had different color pavement markings.

So, that got me thinking. Here on iRV2 there have been many discussions as to upgrading drivers licensing to CDL’s or some other higher level than a plane old drivers license, air brake endorsements and the like. I was wondering how many of you knew some of this basic stuff.

In the national and state highway systems, the colors do mean something. In general white markings to indicate that crossing that line you might encounter traffic going in the same direction as you are traveling, and yellow lines indicating that if you cross that line you might encounter traffic going in the opposite direction from you. Two lane bidirectional traveled roadways will always have yellow center line markings.

Even more basic is that it is against the law to pass when there is a double white or yellow line on the roadway. Seems more and more I see “crazies” passing on the double yellow white line without a care in the world.


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Solid double line; he should have known not to cross it.
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I had one of our 16 year old neighbor's children ask me that question when she was studying for her drivers permit.
You have a 16 year old neighbor with a child old enough to be getting her drivers permit?

All the license and education programs can't fix stupid when it comes to taking responsibility behind the wheel. I used to comute 30 miles one way to work. I'd see drivers reading a book, magazine or newspaper on the interstate, applying make up, (one driver even using a eyelash crimper traveling 60 mph. If she'd hit a bump probably would have ripped an eyelid off!) This was before cell phones became ubiquitous ear jewelry and texting became the rage. (Let's see, design a device to allow clear two way voice communication then use it to imitate the technology of 1830, one way short written messages -- telegrams)(and charge extra above the voice charges) Multi-tasking is great, but not behind the wheel.

Besides learning the meaning of the color and patterns of the line markings, a realistic understanding of physics and the consequences of not paying attention to ALL aspects of guiding a 3000+ lb. object down the road is something many folks don't take seriously.
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All the license and education programs can't fix stupid when it comes to taking responsibility behind the wheel. I used to comute 30 miles one way to work. I'd see drivers reading a book, magazine or newspaper on the interstate, applying make up, (one driver even using a eyelash crimper traveling 60 mph. If she'd hit a bump probably would have ripped an eyelid off!) This was before cell phones became ubiquitous ear jewelry and texting became the rage. (Let's see, design a device to allow clear two way voice communication then use it to imitate the technology of 1830, one way short written messages -- telegrams)(and charge extra above the voice charges) Multi-tasking is great, but not behind the wheel.
As a retired transportation engineer I've spent my working years along the freeways/roadways and I've seen much of that too!! Especially the newspaper/magazine readers. Got off the roadway before handheld cell phones came around!
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That one tells me the paint crew had a 3 martini lunch.
i'm thinking that's one for jay leno.
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You have a 16 year old neighbor with a child old enough to be getting her drivers permit?
Looks like I need to go back to grammar school. I don't think even this is possible here in Kentucky.

Reminds me of a specification for installing waterlines in a upscale neighborhood I once encountered. The specification read "all waterline trenches must be backfilled using shovels". We calculated the number of shovels it would take to fill in that trench and presented the design engineer responsible for the statement with a purchase order for her to sign for the shovels.
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It has been a long time since I had to pass a drivers test. I guess some reminders now and then would be a good thing..
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Looks like I need to go back to grammar school. I don't think even this is possible here in Kentucky.

We calculated the number of shovels it would take to fill in that trench and presented the design engineer responsible for the statement with a purchase order for her to sign for the shovels.
I'm glad you took it humorously, not maliciously. That was my intent. On the shovel calculation, was that done nesting the shovels or randomly tossing them in the trench?

I've recently seen lines and symbols marking bike lanes that took a minute or two to figure out. I wonder if there are guidelines for them now? Not far from my house there is a 3 light signal in front of a firehouse. The bottom light is yellow and always blinking. I was taught a long time ago that the bottom position was always green, to enable color blind drivers interpret signals. Then I thought about it and decided the bottom blinking, yellow or green, still means proceed so I've kept quiet about it. (till now)

I agree that review of rules, regulations, and markings should be constant for those who take on the responsibility to drive on the public highways.

Now about that Kentucky crack....
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