A variety of markings are painted on roads to help you drive safely.
Arrows are painted on the road to tell you which direction must be taken by traffic in each lane. When more than one direction is shown, you may go in the direction of either arrow.
You must signal that you are going to turn even if the lane you are in turns only in one direction. When you turn, stay in the same lane as you move from one road to the other.
Unless a sign tells you otherwise, you can cross any type of dividing line when turning right at an intersection. You can also turn to the right across a dividing line to enter or leave a property (eg home or shops) by the shortest route.
Broken white dividing lines - may be crossed to overtake if the road ahead is clear.
Double white unbroken (continuous) lines - you cannot overtake across these lines.
Double white lines with an unbroken (continuous) line closer to you - you cannot overtake across these lines.
Double white lines with a broken line closer to you - you may cross the lines to overtake if the road ahead is clear.
Do not make a U-turn across an unbroken (continuous) line or double centre unbroken (continuous) lines, unless the line closest to you is broken or where another rule prohibits performing the U-turn.
Do not overtake across a single unbroken (continuous) line.
Exceptions to keeping to the left of a dividing line
Drivers are permitted to cross a single dividing line enter or leave a road. See examples below.
You must not drive on a section of painted road that is surrounded by double lines. You may drive on a painted island surrounded by single continuous or broken lines to enter or leave the road, or to enter a turning lane that begins immediately after the painted island for up to 50 metres.
You must not drive on areas surrounded by double lines.
When you enter a turning lane from a painted island you must give way to any vehicle already in the turning lane or entering the turning lane from another marked lane. You must not stop on a painted island. In some instances, such as giving way to emergency vehicles or when avoiding an obstruction, you may drive on a painted island regardless of the type of lines around the island.
Keep clear pavement marking
Keep Clear pavement markings are located in places such as outside ambulance and fire station exits to ensure their vehicles are not obstructed when leaving on an emergency call. You must not stop between the lines marked across the road. These markings may also be used at some T intersections to prevent queuing across the intersection.
These lines can be broken or unbroken (continuous) and are marked to keep traffic off soft road edges and breakdown lanes. They also help you see where you are going.
You may drive on, across or outside edge lines for up to 100 metres only if you are:
- Overtaking on the inside of vehicles turning right or, in a one way street, overtaking vehicles turning left
- Turning off or onto the road by the shortest route
- Turning left or right at intersections
- Driving a slow moving vehicle.
Audible edge lines are lines composed of a series of raised pieces of material that create a noise or vibration if driven on by a motor vehicle. These lines are used to warn drivers who veer over the line.
Yellow lines painted near the edge of the road show that there are stopping restrictions and tell you what rules apply to that particular section of road.
Broken yellow kerb line
A broken yellow kerb line is a CLEARWAY line. You must not stop at the edge of the road between the hours shown on the sign except in a medical or similar emergency. Buses, taxis and hire cars may only stop to pick up or set down passengers.
Unbroken (continuous) yellow kerb line
An unbroken yellow kerb line is a NO STOPPING line. You must not stop for any reason except a medical or similar emergency.