What is the difference between broken yellow and white lines on Roads?

There are two types of lines drawn for road marks. Solid lines or we can say complete lines and the broken ones. Drivers must understand the difference between solid/broken yellow and white lines on Roads.

Traffic Violations in Saudi Arabia

If you get a chance to drive in Saudi Arabia, you will realize one thing within one hour that most of the people in Saudi Arabia are either not aware of traffic signs or they don’t care for it. It is very normal to see people violating traffic rules and regulations.

I personally feel that most of the people are not aware of the traffic signs. I remember, once I went to a hill station (Abha) in Saudi Arabia and almost every second car was trying to overtake me while there were vigilant signs on the road to not to overtake in that area. Recommended: How to take a right turn on a red signal?

I was so afraid that I had to drive on the extreme right of the road as it was a two-way road and they were trying to overtake from the opposite direction. Today, I am trying to educate my readers about the difference between broken yellow and white lines on Roads.

  1. Solid and Broken Lines on the Road

In order to understand the difference between broken yellow and white lines on roads, you need to know what does solid and broken lines mean.

  • When there is a solid line on the road it means, it is a single lane road and two-way traffic is on the road that is why drivers are not allowed to cross other cars and overtake them. 
  • The broken lines show that the road is one-way road and drivers can pass other cars going ahead of them.

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  1. Yellow Lines on the Road

In order to understand the difference between broken yellow and white lines on roads, you need to know the purpose of yellow lines.

  • The yellow lines whether broken or continued or solid are used to classify the traffic flow on the road i.e. Yellow lines determine the center point of the road and divide the road into two halves, on which two-way traffic can pass.
  • A solid or continuous yellow line shows the restriction of overtaking
  • A broken yellow line shows that drivers can overtake when it is safe to overtake the vehicle.
  • If there are both the solid and broken yellow lines painted on the road, the driver can pass only if the broken or discontinued yellow line is on his side of that road.

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  1. White Lines on the Road

In order to understand the difference between broken yellow and white lines on roads, you need to know the purpose of white lines. White lines whether they are broken or solid, they also show the classification of traffic.

  • If white lines are marked on the pavement, it means that the traffic flow is in your direction.
  • Solid or continuous white lines are painted to indicate the external boundary of a road; they are also used to indicate different lanes where the traffic flow is in the same direction. 
  • To split two different lanes of traffic those are going in one direction; double solid white lines are painted.

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I hope now you are able to understand the difference between broken yellow and white lines on roads. Make sure you abide by the traffic rules too.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.