Fleet Safety Tip: Railroad Crossing

Jun 24, 2011
Railroad Safety Tip

This week's Automotive Fleet Safety Tip is about the proper behavior at railway crossings. You may want to pass this advice along to your fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.
When you see the round railway crossing sign, slow down, be ready to stop and remember:

  • Look both ways, even if there is no stop sign or signal that a train is coming.
  • If there is a stop sign at the crossing, you must stop. If a train is coming, you must stop at least 15 feet from the tracks.
  • Even if there is no stop signal and no train is coming, passenger buses and trucks carrying flammable or dangerous materials must stop.
  • Do not shift gears while crossing the tracks.
  • If you are stopped at a crossing where there is more than one set of tracks, wait until you have a clear view in both directions before you start across.
  • Trains cannot stop in time to miss cars.
  • It is difficult to accurately judge the speed of a moving train.
  • A crossbuck sign indicates the location of a train crossing and means you must yield to trains.
  • If a gate is lowered, you may not proceed around it even if no train is visible.
  • If the signal lights are flashing, you must stop. You may proceed if no train is visible or it is safe to cross.
  • If you get stuck on the tracks, leave your vehicle immediately and notify the local law enforcement or railroad authorities.
  • Never park your vehicle within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad.

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