We all know that there are streets, but when we read an address or are following directions, do we really understand the differences between the names we give them? For example, if you live on Green Tree Lane, what does the “lane” part of the name really mean? It turns out, names like Lane, Court, Street or Avenue are not arbitrary and random. They mean something! So read on and we’ll help you learn the differences between names like Street, Circle, and Drive.
What Do Different Road Labels Mean?
The roads we use to drive on come in a variety of shapes, sizes and directions. All of those factors contribute to what they are called. Here are some of the most common types of roads and the names we give them, and what it means about where the road will take you.
Road: No specific direction or qualifiers. This is just a road that you use to travel on.
Street: Usually runs East to West and are usually in a city.
Avenue: Usually runs North to South, sometimes has a median.
Boulevard: A street with trees lining the sides or with trees in the middle.
Drive: Not quite a driveway, but usually is a private, winding road that connects several residences
Court: This type of road has an end that can either be a T-intersection or something like a cul-de-sac
Highway: A major public road, usually connects different cities.
Circle: Usually circles around an area, but may also be an open area intersected by multiple roads.
Of course, there are quite a few more road types than we have listed here, but these are the most common. It’s helpful when following directions to understand whether you are on a road that will connect to another road, or will end with a cul-de-sac and force you to turn around.
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