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Six Tips for Driving Through a Railroad Crossing

Find out how crossing train tracks safely can save lives

A motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle. Here are six tips to always follow.

See also: Operation Lifesaver

1. Trains can be on any track, at any time, going in either direction.

2. Always yield the right-of-way to the train. The train cannot yield to you.

3. Never ignore warnings at crossings such as:

  • Advance warning signs
  • Railroad crossbuck signs
  • Red flashing lights and gates

4. Trains can arrive at a crossing faster than you anticipate.

5. Look both ways and listen when you see advance warning signs indicating a railroad crossing.

6. Before starting across the tracks, be sure there is room to clear them.

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