What is a divided highway?

I’m reviewing my state’s move-over laws for driving school. They keep mentioning different rules for divided highways, but I don’t even know what that means. What is a divided highway?

Pat Roache · Answered on Sep 30, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Way to study up on all the necessary laws for safe highway driving! A divided highway is a major roadway typically with two lanes going in either direction and a median down the middle that separates the directions of traffic.
Here are a few scenarios to consider:
  • You are not driving on a divided highway if traffic moving in the opposite direction is driving on the same stretch of paved road with a hard yellow line to differentiate their lane.
  • You are driving on a divided highway if the only cars on your stretch of paved road are moving in the same direction as you and there’s a separate stretch of paved road for cars moving in the opposite direction.
Most major interstates in the United States are divided highways and it’s definitely important to know the difference when interpreting laws like moving over for emergency responders. Know what else is important to keep you safe on the highway? Shopping around for an affordable car insurance policy!
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