Ever Wondered Why Do Some Roads Have White And Others Yellow Markings?

In Nepal, most of us never bother to care about traffic rules or road safety, and a lot of us assume traffic rules are just all about those red, yellow, and green lights. When in reality, road safety is a serious concern in Nepal and we all need to be well informed about traffic rules and road signs that will surely make our drive safe. One should always put road safety in top priority while driving, both the safety of oneself and for the others.

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If you drive with full attention, you would notice white and yellow lines on roads. The difference of color and marking isn’t because they were short of white paint to so they painted it yellow, rather there is the message behind those yellow, white, solid, and broken road lines. Every marking we see on the roads has a purpose. These lines are part of road signs and need to be followed for road safety.

Solid White Line

It means that you must not change lanes while you drive, and should stay in the lane you are already on.

Broken White Line

It means that you are allowed to change lane, but safely and when it is needed.

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One Solid Yellow Line

It means that overtaking is allowed if there is enough space, but you can not cross the yellow line.

Double Solid Yellow Lines

It means passing or overtaking is not allowed, and you must remain in your lane.

Broken Yellow Line

It means that passing or overtaking is allowed over a broken yellow line, but with caution.

Solid Yellow Line with Broken Yellow Line

It means that if you are driving on the side of the broken line, you’re allowed to overtake, and if you’re driving on the side of the solid line, you’re not.