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Based on the 2024 Driver Handbook

A broken yellow centerline means that:

A broken yellow centerline means that:

You can pass on the left if there is no traffic coming from the opposite direction.

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A broken yellow centerline means that:

  1. You can pass on the left if there is no traffic coming from the opposite direction.
  2. You can pass on the right if there is no traffic coming from the opposite direction.
  3. You may not pass under any circumstances. 
  4. You can only pass if there is also a road sign that allows it.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

Answer

This question, or a similar one, may show up on your driver’s license written exam. 

The answer is: A. You can pass on the left if there is no traffic coming from the opposite direction.

Did you get it right? Learn more about this answer below. 

Explanation: Crossing a Broken Yellow Lane Line.

In order to pass your DMV exams and to become a safe driver, it’s important to know the reason why a particular answer on the written test is correct. 

A broken yellow centerline dividing lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions indicates that passing on the left is permitted when the road is clear of traffic moving the other way. 

If a two-lane road is divided by a single, broken yellow line, that means that traffic moving in either direction is allowed to use the opposite lane to pass. 

However, passing on the left by using the opposite lane should only be done when:

  • There is no traffic approaching from the opposite direction.
  • You can see clearly and far enough ahead. 
  • You are not approaching any curves, hills, or blind corners. 
  • You have enough time and space to complete the pass and return to your lane safely. 

Alternatively, a solid yellow line should not be crossed to pass other vehicles. 

You can find more information about this topic in the section about lane markings, passing, and changing lanes in your driver’s handbook.

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What does a broken yellow line mean on the pavement?

As you may already know, yellow lines are used to separate traffic moving in opposite directions.

So, what does it mean when the yellow line is broken, or dashed.

A broken yellow line indicates that using the opposite lane of traffic to overtake vehicles in your own lane is permitted. 

Remember, though, you should only use the opposite lane of traffic for passing when it is safe to do so. 

Broken yellow lines are commonly found on roads with two-lane roads with traffic moving in each direction. 

Types of Broken Yellow Lines

There are two main types of broken yellow lines you’ll see dividing lanes of traffic. They include:

  • Single broken yellow lines.
  • A broken yellow line and a solid yellow line. 

On roads with a single broken yellow line, traffic moving in either direction is able to use the opposite lane of traffic for passing. 

On roads where a broken yellow line and a solid yellow line are next to each other, only the traffic next to the broken yellow line can use the opposite lane for passing. 

Driving Rules for Broken Yellow Lines

The rules for broken yellow lines are fairly straightforward. 

If there is a broken yellow line on your side of the centerline, you may use the opposite lane of traffic to pass other vehicles. 

There are still some passing rules to follow though. 

First, you should only try to pass one vehicle at a time. 

Second, you can only use the opposite lane of traffic to pass when there are no oncoming vehicles nor any other conditions that would make it unsafe. 

Be sure to use your turn signal, pass the vehicle in front of you completely, signal again, and return to your lane safely. 

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