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The Highway Code Simplified: Color-Coded Curbs and What they Mean

16 May
The Highway Code Simplified: Color-Coded Curbs and What they Mean

The Highway Code Simplified: Color-Coded Curbs and What they Mean

The Highway Code Simplified: Color-Coded Curbs and What they Mean

  If there’s one thing drivers should be grateful for, it’s the highway code. All of the different rules and regulations that motorists practice play a direct role in preventing accidents. But as valuable as the highway code is to safety, it’s also a very elaborate and detailed system. There are many different mechanisms used within the highway code to coordinate traffic. Mechanisms such as color-coded curbs on roadways.  

The Highway Code Saves Lives:

Automotive Expert Robin Barrymore cautions that, “Drivers often take traffic signs for granted and don’t think too deeply about their importance. But without them, there would be terrible consequences, like a higher risk of accidents/injury, and confusion on the road. While the importance of traffic rules and signs might appear simple, there are actually many reasons why rules and signs are important to all road users, not just drivers.” Here’s a quick summary of color-coded curbs and the rules they convey:  

Color-Code #01 – Red Curbs:

Red curbs are the most important color-code on painted roadways.  They signify:
  • No parking.
  • No stopping.
  • No waiting for any reason.
  • Red curbs are also designated for public transportation and emergency vehicles.
 

Color-Code #02 – Yellow Curbs:

Yellow curbs are also an urgent color-code on painted roadways.  They signify that no parking is permitted, but that temporary stopping and waiting is allowed.  

Color-Code #03 – White Curbs:

White curbs signify that parking in the vicinity is restricted.  They’re also used to demarcate loading zones.  If and when a driver approaches white curbs, it’s advisable to look for posted traffic signs for additional guidance.  

Color-Code #04 – Blue Curbs:

Blue curbs signify that parking in the vicinity is reserved for drivers living with disabilities.  Unless someone is operating a vehicle which is labeled with a permit, they have no right to occupy space around blue curbs.  

Color-Code #05 – Green Curbs:

Green curbs signify that parking in the area is only allowed for brief periods of time.  Additional signage is usually posted around green curbs to provide specific guidance.  

Conclusion:

Any time a driver navigates streets and roads, it’s important to pay attention to how the pavement is designed. The colors painted on roadways might seem aesthetic, but they actually serve an essential function. Obeying color-coded highways is a required responsibility for all motorists. Failure to abide by the highway code can attract punitive consequences. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!