When crossing a railroad track, be sure to watch out for red lights and never drive around the lowered gates.
Trains can move fast and can take up to one mile to stop. It is not a good idea to race a train and drive around a railroad crossing.
If you do this, you could get a heavy fine.
Do not walk on railroad tracks
When driving around a railroad crossing, you must obey the railroad’s rules.
This includes not walking on the railroad tracks and following all traffic laws.
Walking across the tracks is prohibited when bells are ringing, railroad gates are down, or signals are flashing.
Walking on a railroad track is considered a moving violation in most jurisdictions in the United States.
When driving around the railroad crossing gates, make sure you leave enough room to allow the gates to fully raise and close.
Be aware that trains are much closer than you may think, and they often take a mile to stop when emergency brakes are applied.
It is also important to note that the train may come from the opposite direction.
Trains do not follow a schedule and are often slow to stop.
The fastest freight train that travels at 55 mph can take almost a mile to stop.
If you must cross the tracks, be prepared to run and look both ways.
If you need to stop, get out of the vehicle and get out quickly.
If you need to stop, move to a safe location and stay away from the tracks and the debris.
If you cannot find a safe location, call 911.
Always listen for train whistles and sounds.
Never attempt to cross a railroad track unless you’ve seen the train or have received warnings from the railroad.
Do not drive around lowered gates
Driving around lowered gates at a railroad crossing is against the law and can be dangerous.
Drivers should wait for the gates to fully rise and for the lights to stop flashing.
They should never assume there is only one train on the track.
If a car stalls on a railroad crossing, make sure to exit the vehicle and run away from the tracks and flying debris.
If a warning sign isn’t posted, call 911 or a railroad crossing officer.
There are also red lights at railroad crossings to warn drivers that a train is coming.
These lights should never be ignored.
Drivers should be aware of these signals and never race a train. This is illegal and can result in severe injuries or death.
Moreover, it is important to follow all the railroad crossing rules.
The number of railroad crossing deaths has been decreasing for decades, but the number of drivers driving around lowered gates has been increasing in recent years.
According to the latest figures from the Federal Railroad Administration, in 2018 alone, there were 336 cases of drivers driving around lowered gates and being hit by a train.
Ninety-nine people were killed in these crashes. Drivers often underestimate the danger of railroad crossings.
A train traveling at 55 to 75 miles per hour can take up to a mile to stop, so it is imperative to stay alert and obey the rules at all times.
Whenever you are approaching a railroad crossing, it is important to remain alert.
If you fail to stop, you may be subject to hefty fines.
Drivers must also not park or pass another vehicle within seven feet of a railroad crossing.
A court may suspend your license for failing to stop at a railroad crossing.
Do not see red lights
When you approach a railroad crossing, you should slow down and stop at least 15 feet away from the tracks.
Many of these crossings will have flashing red lights and bells to alert drivers that a train is coming.
You should not move forward until all the lights have stopped and the gates are open.
Also, when you approach a railroad crossing, make sure to check all the tracks. Trains can stop very quickly, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to safely cross.
If you do not see red lights at a railroad crossing, you should never attempt to cross the tracks.
Even if the lights are not active, the warning system may malfunction. If you do see them, make sure to watch for trains in both directions.
Also, do not move forward if there is no room to turn your car on the other side of the railroad.
If you do, you could get stuck on the railway track.
If you see red lights at a railroad crossing, you should slow down and stop immediately.
A train could be approaching, and you don’t want to be in the way.
Fortunately, there are several ways to safely cross a railroad.
First, make sure you have the proper insurance.
If you do not have insurance, you should get a quote from an insurance company.
Also, try to stop as far away from the gates as possible.
Do not drive under a gate
When crossing a railroad track, motorists should never drive under the gate until the gates have fully raised and all the lights have stopped flashing.
Never assume that the train will be the only one coming in that direction.
If you see a train coming, call the number on the sign or call 911.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reports that the number of fatal crashes at railroad crossings has been decreasing for decades.
However, the number of drivers driving around lowered gates is on the rise.
According to the latest figures from the agency, in 2018, there were 336 incidents of drivers driving around gates at railroad crossings, resulting in 336 drivers being hit by trains.
In all, 99 people were killed in these accidents.
To avoid an accident, drivers should stop for at least 15 feet (5 m) before crossing the tracks.
At a grade crossing with flashing red lights, it is best to wait until the gates are fully raised and the lights are off.
If the gate is raised, drivers should stop their vehicles and move further away from the tracks.
Drivers should also follow the railroad’s emergency contact information posted on the gate.
If they get stuck on the tracks, they should call 911 to let the railroad know that they are stuck.
Do not drive through a barrier
When driving over a railroad crossing, do not attempt to drive through a gate or through a barrier that is in place.
It is illegal to do so, and it is also dangerous.
It is best to wait until the railroad has passed and the gate is raised before proceeding.
Also, never drive under or around a railroad crossing gate or barrier.
A railroad crossing barrier descends over the left-hand side of the road on each approach side.
If a train is approaching, warning lights will flash.
After the first set of warning amber lights, warning red lights will appear.
It is important to not try to zigzag around a closed barrier, and you should not look up or down the track, which will distract you from driving through the barrier.
Also, you should always check your rearview mirror for traffic.
In addition to avoiding the railroad tracks, you should also be aware of school buses that are traveling across the railroad tracks.
Moreover, drivers must always stop before they reach a school bus. Unless they have been directed by a flagman, they must stop.
While driving through a railroad crossing, it is important to know that trains are moving at high speeds.
If you fail to heed these warnings, you may have to endure a dangerous collision.
In British Columbia, about 20 collisions occur each year.
Hence, it is vital for drivers to follow the guidelines in the Motor Vehicle Act.
You should stop your vehicle at least 15 meters from the nearest rail, and make sure no part of your vehicle is on the tracks.
Do not go under a gate
When crossing a railroad crossing, it is essential to obey the signs and wait for the gate to be down before proceeding.
Doing so could result in an accident with a train.
It is also a civil infraction.
The trains at a railroad crossing have the right of way, and failing to follow their signals can be costly for the driver.
Regardless of the time of day or night, you should obey the railroad crossing gate controls.
Trains are often closer to the road than you think, so if you can see a train approaching, wait for it to pass.
This will prevent you from getting trapped on the tracks. Also, it will be vital to listen to the other drivers’ signals and the stopping distances at the railroad crossing gates.
The Federal Railroad Administration advises drivers to look both ways before driving through a railroad crossing.
The driver must expect a train to come and is not allowed to stop quickly. He must also have auto insurance.
If he fails to do so, he could be penalized up to $500.
If a gate at a railroad crossing is lowered, do not go under it. Stop and wait until the crossing gates are raised.
If you are not sure that the gates will open, then you should stop and look for an alternate route.
If you can’t see the gate, try to stop at least five feet from the rail.