Road Surface Markings

I mentioned in my post ‘Blog Site, Posts & Life Transitions’, my partner and I are searching for a new location to live. We are ready to move forward to the next chapter in our lives and we are currently in another state within the US. Our trip is to research a possible new location and style of living that would be different from what we are accustomed to.

We are driving this trip, about 2,500 miles from home to another state and back home. With many miles of driving I usually am the one doing the driving due to being prone to motion sickness when I am a passenger. While I am driving I never turn on the radio and when my partner is napping I enjoy the quite time viewing the different landscapes as they pass by. This trip involves driving through several US states and it is interesting to me when driving across a state line, the landscape changes as does the road surface. Have you ever noticed this?

The US interstate system; the road signs are the same in every state, the state highway road signs are different in each state. Most states are divided into counties and others have parishes and boroughs that are equivalent to counties. So driving through the states, the counties, parishes and boroughs the landscapes change as does the road surface.

From Wikipedia website –

Road surface marking is any kind of device or material that is used on a road surface in order to convey official information. They can also be applied in other facilities used by vehicles to mark parking spaces or designate areas for other uses.

Road surface markings are used on paved roadways to provide guidance and information to drivers and pedestrians. Uniformity of the markings is an important factor in minimizing confusion and uncertainty about their meaning, and efforts exist to standardize such markings across borders. However, countries and areas categorize and specify road surface markings in different ways.

Road surface markings are either mechanical, non-mechanical, or temporary. They can be used to delineate traffic lanes, inform motorists and pedestrians or serve as noise generators when run across a road, or attempt to wake a sleeping driver when installed in the shoulders of a road. Road surface marking can also indicate regulation for parking and stopping.

So as I am driving, viewing the different landscapes and crossing into different states, counties, parishes and boroughs, I think to myself. What road surface markings did I observe in my roadway of life; where there some type of markings to keep me safe or provide me guidance? My mom provided guidance with the everyday activities and growing up issues and concerns. She also kept me safe from threats of others and as an adult she continues to provide me guidance.

But there were no road surface markings for the internal roadway; my thinking, my thoughts. There were no markings to guide me and keep me from harm within me. I fail to remember any markings for my life’s road surface as a child; I was confused and uncertain until much later in life. Besides the US interstate system and state highways through counties, parishes and boroughs; there are also smaller roads that have no road surface markings at all. When driving these roads we seem to make it to our destination even though it may be bumpy and if we get lost occasionally, we usually end up finding our way.

So was it with my mind without the road surface markings, there were some bumps and I became lost a couple of times, but I am finding my way to my destination.

2 thoughts on “Road Surface Markings

    • I agree, there is one state I hate driving through, I have received too many speeding tickets – they seem to know when I am driving through this state. I am trying to learn to slow down.


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