20 Driving Tips - #9 Railroad Crossing

20 Driving Tips - #9 Railroad Crossing

As you drive down a country road, you see a sign indicating there are railroad tracks ahead. There are no gates down or flashing red warning lights to indicate a train is coming. Do you know the rules of the road on how to proceed in order to avoid being seriously injured or killed in an auto accident?


  • Stop, look, listen - and live. Less than one-third of all public highway rail grade crossings have flashing lights or gates to warn motorists a train is approaching. At all crossings, it's your responsibility to slow down or stop if necessary. A train always has the right-of-way since it might take a train a mile and a half to stop.


Never try to beat a train across tracks or go around lowered warning gates. It's difficult to accurately judge a train's speed.


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