|highway = rest_area|
|Place where drivers can leave the road to rest, but not refuel.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: De facto|
|Tools for this tag|
A rest area is place along a road, usually a motorway or dual-carriageway, where a driver can stop to have a rest.
How to Map
In the UK, lay-bys are marked with a blue-background "P" symbol, identical to that used for parking areas. The most common variety is a simple, rather short, extra lane next to the highway with a concrete surface and a couple of litter bins. Some are set further back in the form of short loops of service road, and may feature mobile fast food outlets, toilets etc. (In the UK, it is legal to leave HGV trailers parked on these, but not on those not separated from the road, so some road users (truckers) may be concerned with the difference.) Lay-bys are not found on UK motorways: by law rest stops on motorways must be full-fledged service areas.
In the U.S., the vast majority of Interstates have only rest areas, not service areas. One must exit the highway to find fuel or food. The main exception is on a tolled Interstate, where service areas are the norm.
- Make sure you add the area=yes tag in case you tag a way, because it is not considered the default for closed ways (bug #137)
- drinking_water=yes/no - Indication whether a feature provides drinking water