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Know your lines

Usually the centre of the road is marked by a broken white line, with lines that are shorter than the gaps. However, when the lines become longer than the gaps this is a hazard warning line. Look well ahead for these, especially when you are planning to overtake or turn off. If there is a continuous double white line down the centre of the road, this means it would be dangerous to overtake. You are only allowed to cross continuous lines to pass a stationary vehicle, a cyclist, horse or road maintenance vehicle travelling at 10mph or less, and to enter premises or a side road.

Solid white lines

While driving you may find yourself stuck behind a horse and rider where solid white lines prohibit overtaking and wonder what to do? Although you cannot cross these lines unless entering premises or a side road, Highway Code rule 129 allows you to ‘cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10mph (16km/h) or less’. So, if you do come across a horse and rider trotting along, you can overtake as long as you’re careful and it’s safe to do so.