Line markings on roads are vital. They are made and designed for their own purposes significant for the daily use of drivers and pedestrians. Every line marking has a specific meaning that directs people on the road on what’s supposed to be done and what’s restricted to avoid violations and accidents.
You surely get amazed and sort of happy when you see freshly painted or done line markings on the road or even on a little street. That’s because they are so clear and new. However, as time goes by, due to foot and wheel traffic and everything else that the ground experiences day by day, these line markings fade slowly. That’s not just sad but also disadvantageous in many ways, most especially for vehicle drivers.
Understand more of the bad and unfavorable effects of faded line markings to drivers by checking out the list below!
Line markings that indicate directions like turn left, turn right and U-turn are very important for drivers to know the areas where they can turn. These line markings also help determine whether vehicles can turn left or right when the traffic light is red. Some streets could be one-way too, so line markings aid drivers know about those too.
When these line markings are faded, there will surely be misdirection. Like the latter example, faded turn left and right line markings might make a driver go in the direction which is prohibited from his/her location. That might result in more problems like misunderstandings with other drivers who are taking the correct path.
Unless the driver is used to the place, faded line markings can cause loads of confusion. Being on the road, there’s not much time to spend stopping just anytime you want, especially if it’s a big highway. Digesting and interpreting the meaning of faded line markings would be inconvenient. It’s annoying that you cannot immediately comprehend it, and it might just lead to more confusion.
Misdirections and confusions bringing forth uncertain driving ways and possibly irresponsible driving are some of the factors that lead to accidents.
Double yellow lines mean you cannot go across beyond that lane; overtaking is not allowed. If it happens that those very pivotal road line markings are unclear, a driver might choose to cross that lane. If there are vehicles approaching, then that would lead to unwanted crashes, bumps or road misunderstandings.
Pedestrian lanes are so chief! They are for people to cross the streets or roads, and they are for drivers to know when to slow down and give time for walking people to pass the road. If they are faded, first, pedestrians might not notice and decide to cross somewhere prohibited — that will lead to problems with drivers. For drivers, if pedestrian lanes are unclear, they would not know that there’s a need for them to decelerate the vehicle. This is very dangerous.
 UNCLEAR DRIVING PROTOCOLS
Faded line markings can lead to harmful driving situations as they decrease clarity and visibility. The proper driving protocols are hard to observe, especially when there is not enough lighting to support it, specifically at nighttime.
When drivers are misdirected, confused and not clearly informed because of erased and problematic line markings, they are most likely to commit violations unintentionally. Then there’s a need to pay for wrongs and damages these might cause.
Definitely, line markings on roads are crucial. Their outcomes could go as far as from personal financial expenses to life-and-death risks! All those are enough reasons for road authorities to make sure that they have clear line markings.
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Travel, health, shopping, lifestyle and business are among the many subjects she writes about. She is a daytime writer for Avante Linemarking, a company providing a vast range of pavement markings and related products to the Road and Construction Industry. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.