Know These Road Markings and pass RTA driving test



Road markings help you to decide what action you need to take in a certain area on the road.

As per law, every road users must respect and obey the traffic signals and rules. According to that, it is mandatory you should follow them. If you learn this road markings and following them, takes you one step closer to passing your road tests.

 One popular road markings zebra crossing that gives the visual information to the road users in different ways. if the user is a driver, says that it is a pedestrian crossing and you need to be carefully observed before proceeding and for pedestrian it says, this is the place where I can safely cross the road


There are three types of road markings:
Regulatory: This is as per law you should obey
Warning: these road markings should be obeyed as they serve as a warning to drivers of hazardous conditions 

            Guidance: They serve as a guide.

Regulatory Road Markings


These road markings tell you what actions you can or cannot do on certain parts of the road. It will be displayed in white or yellow color. You should obey these road markings mandatorily. If you not following this leads to immediate failure or minor mistakes. Below listed based on the importance of the RTA driving test Dubai.

Stop Line


if you are approaching an intersection with a Stop sign or traffic signals, you will also have a white Stop line painted across your lane.

In the case of a Stop sign and Stop line, you must come to a complete stop before the line.

In the case of traffic signals and a Stop line, you must not cross this line unless you have a green traffic signal. Always make sure the intersection is clear and it is safe to proceed before doing so.

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Give Way Line


You can observer Give Way sign followed the broken white line across the path of approaching traffic. Refer image below. You must ‘Give Way’ to any vehicle or pedestrian crossing your path.

Slow down and stop if necessary to avoid a collision. Always make sure the intersection is clear and it is safe to proceed before doing so.

Pedestrian Crossings


Pedestrian crossings are marked with thick white lines across the crossing to make the crossing clearly visible to pedestrians and drivers. You must give way to pedestrians crossing at a pedestrian crossing. Don’t make horn in any case if the pedestrian is crossing the road through these markings. It will lead you to fail.

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No Passing Line


This is a solid line on the road. You must not cross this line to overtake another vehicle or to turn. Overtaking Allowed only if in case of emergency

Box Junctions

Large intersections are marked with a large yellow box with diagonal squares. this is known as a box junction. it is to indicate to drivers that they must not block the intersection when traffic is heavily congested. Signs will warn drivers not to queue across the intersection.

You can see Stop Line, Pedestrian Crossing and Box Junction in this diagram below.

Regulatory Road Markings



Warning Road Markings


Warning road markings give a heads-up of potentially hazardous conditions in the road.

Rumble strips


Lines painted on raised strips across the road, known as ‘rumble strips’. This warns drivers that they are approaching a hazard such as a roundabout or pedestrian crossing.

Drivers can see the rumble strips, hear a rumble and feel a vibration if they drive over them. Also, follows up with ‘tak’ tak sound when driving over them.

This acts as a warning and is helpful for drivers on a long drive, who may be feeling tired or sleepy if they have not had a rest.
This is very common in most of the roads in Dubai.


Speed humps


Broken yellow lines completely across the full width of the road and shoulder warn motorists that there is a speed hump in the roadway. Speed hump warning signs will be used to give advance warning about the speed hump.
Be alert for pedestrians, as they may use this as a crossing point. Sometimes pedestrian crossing may place on speed humps. So, you should give the way to a pedestrian if they are waiting to cross.


Guidance Road Markings


these road markings help drivers understand the paths vehicles should follow through intersections or roundabouts.

Lines in the Centre of the road


Many roads are painted with broken white lines or single continuous lines in the center of the road. Stay in your lane and be aware of what you can and cannot do when you are faced with these lines. Here are some examples.

Broken Yellow Lines


if you are driving on an undivided road where there are two lanes in opposite directions, the broken lines down the center of the road will be painted yellow. Keep to the right of the lines and drive close to the right side of the road. take care when you cross these lines and only do so if the road ahead is clear and it is safe to do so.

Broken White Lines


Broken white lines separate two or more lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction. Drive your vehicle completely within one lane.
You will also notice longer white broken lines (or longitudinal white lines). these lines are used in areas where changing or crossing lanes is not permitted, for example when you are approaching an intersection or pedestrian crossing.

Solid Lines – Single or Double


You must always keep to the right of these lines. You must not cross a double yellow line in the center of the road. You will see these lines in areas that are particularly hazardous (for example, around a bend where you cannot see the traffic approaching from the opposite direction).

Double Yellow Lines, Solid on one Side and Broken on the other

You can only cross these lines to overtake another vehicle, or to enter or leave the road if the broken line is on your side. You must not cross these lines if the solid line is on your side.


Traffic Lane Arrows

Arrows are painted on the road in the middle of lanes at some intersections. the direction in which traffic in their lanes must travel.
There are three types of them mostly seen on the road

Straight only

It allows driving straight only. You should not try to take right or left from the lanes bearing this signal.

Right Only

You should drive right direction only if you see this. This signal you can observe near to the traffic signals that allow you to take free right in some cases no need to wait for the signal.

Straight or left /Straight or right

If it is straight or left > you can drive either straight or left. If you driving left you should give left indicator.

If it is straight or right > you can drive either straight or right. If you driving left you should give right indicator.

Below diagram illustrate them
Traffic Lane arrows

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