A collision at a rail crossing is significantly more likely to be fatal than a collision elsewhere. Do you have railroad crossings in your hometown? If so, you should travel to a railroad crossing on your next practice drive with your teen and discuss the following safety guidelines.
1. Railroad crossing safety guidelines
- Never speed over the grade in an attempt to get the vehicle airborne.
- Expect a train on any track at any time of the day or night.
- Never stop on the tracks. If the lights begin to flash as you are crossing the tracks continue across.
- Never drive around gates. Wait until the gates are raised, the lights stop flashing and it is clear in both directions to cross.
- If there are two or more tracks, watch out for a second or third train.
- Never race a train.
- Watch for vehicles (like buses) that are required to stop at crossings.
- Use extra caution at night or when the weather is bad.
- Always look and listen.
- If your car ever stalls on the tracks, get out.