White lines are set to be removed from busy roads across Britain - in a bid to slow down motorists.
Highway chiefs now believe that blank roads are more effective - as they introduce an element of uncertainty which prompts motorists to take a more cautious approach to driving.
Research also revealed that removing the central white line, which has been in effect for over 100 years, can reduce a vehicle’s average speed by 13 percent.
Now, a pilot scheme for the removal of lines in north Norfolk, Wiltshire and Derby has been proposed - after tests previously proved successful on the A22, A23 and A100 in London.
Speaking to The Times, AA’s head of road policy, Paul Watters, said: ‘Without exaggeration it is true to say that a simple pot of paint can save lives.
‘In particular, highly visible markings at the edge and centre of the road that can be seen on a wet night are enormously cost-effective in saving lives.’
The plans were also applauded by road safety charity RoadPeace, who say that ‘self-enforcing schemes’ are integral to reducing speeding.