Make your summer road trip a rail-safe one

As provincial travel restrictions lift, many Canadians are hitting the open road. Whether it’s to explore our beautiful country, or finally visit friends or family, a road trip is the perfect way to make the most of the summer.
But many roads and highways cross railway tracks. And if drivers don’t know and follow the rail-safety rules, this can be a deadly combination.
Get to know the rail-safety basics
Before you head out on a summer road trip, make sure you brush up on these rail-safety rules:
  • Obey all railway warning signs and devices, such as lights, bells and gates. Never drive around lowered gates at a crossing.
  • Never try to race a train to a crossing.
  • Look and listen for trains when approaching tracks, and slow down so you can stop safely, if necessary.
  • Don’t get trapped on tracks. Be aware of the traffic in front of you, and only cross tracks if you’re sure you can completely clear them without stopping—especially if you’re pulling a trailer.
  • Don’t text or talk on your phone, or eat or drink, while driving.
  • If your vehicle stalls or breaks down in a railway crossing, get out and move a safe distance away from the tracks. Contact the railway company and let them know there is a vehicle on the tracks or call 911. (Most railways post their emergency numbers on a blue Emergency Notification Sign at the crossing or on a nearby signal house.)

Knowing the railway warning signs and signals is another important way to ensure you stay safe on the road. Check out our website for more helpful tips to keep you and your family rail-safe this summer. And follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Sharing our posts could save the life of someone you love.