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9 Basic Road Markings in the Philippines and What They Mean

By marian on February 28th, 2017



Understanding road markings is one of the most basic lessons new (and experienced) drivers need to master. If there’s one thing you should know before hopping in your Toyota Vios, it’s that the Philippines has a driving culture that does not necessarily follow road markings.

It may be because of habit, arrogance, lack of information or sometimes lack of consistent road markings. But there’s no reason for you to be the same. It’s time to set yourself apart from the numerous bad drivers out there that don’t even pay attention to these markings.


Diagonal White Lines

These are usually seen outlined by a solid white line, this signifies the area that is not technically part of the actual roadway. By right vehicles are never to occupy these areas outside of emergency situations.

Double Yellow Lines

This is usually used to give drivers the indication that it is hazardous for you to overtake at any time. Usually you’ll see these lines on blind curves or when there are no other lane dividers on the road.

Solid White Center Lines

This is used to separate traffic between two flows of traffic. It is solid because it is used in multi-lane roads and has to be distinguished from the broken lines. This also means that drivers are discouraged to overtake on this side unless there is no oncoming traffic.

Broken White Lines

This can be seen in two situations, one is when you’re on a two-lane road and it will signify the center of the two lanes. The other time is on a multi-lane road, meant to guide drivers of the different lanes. Basically, this is meant to tell you to stay on your lane, you can cross these lanes when overtaking just give way to those already in the lane.

Solid White Horizontal Lines

You will see this in intersections or in the presence of traffic lights. The horizontal line is the point where you have to stop on a stop sign or when the light turns red.

Solid Yellow Lane Divider

This is extremely important especially in EDSA, this signifies the bus lanes on EDSA and can also mean bike lanes in other areas. By right these lanes are supposed to be buses only.

Broken Yellow Lane Divider

In EDSA once you see the solid yellow line turn into a broken yellow line this means that it is ok for other vehicles other than buses to merge in this lane. Be wary because the buses still hold the right of way.

Rumble Strips

These are not only see but felt as well, these horizontal, narrowly spaced lines are placed right before hazards, merging lanes or blind curves. Once you feel it shake you up, it is time for you to slow down.

Yellow Box

These yellow boxes with X’s on them are seen in intersections, in these intersections you should never stop within the yellow box. It must always be kept clear even if the light is green and you see the other side of the intersection to be clogged you cannot queue within the box.


Be a responsible driver and get to know these basic markings, this is just a few of many you may encounter. Don’t follow the trend and culture of drivers that are oblivious of these markings, become an example and show that anyone can be a responsible driver.

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