Don’t make this summer’s road trip your last—follow the rail safety rules
There are 1,042,300 kilometres of roads across this country, and almost 45,000 kilometres of railway tracks. That adds up to plenty of opportunities for cars and trains to cross paths—and chances for deadly collisions to occur.
Make sure every encounter you have with trains and tracks is a safe one by following the rail safety rules.
Keep these tips in mind when you hit the road this summer:
- Obey all crossing signs and warning devices, such as lights, bells and gates. Never drive around lowered gates—not only is it illegal, but it could be deadly.
- Look and listen for trains when approaching tracks and slow down so you can stop safely, if necessary.
- Don’t text or talk on your cellphone, or eat or drink while driving.
- Always expect a train. Even seemingly abandoned tracks could come back into service.
- Don’t get trapped on tracks. Be aware of the traffic in front of you, and only cross tracks if you are sure you can completely clear them without stopping.
- If your vehicle stalls in a crossing, get out and move a safe distance from the tracks. Contact the railway company and let them know there is a vehicle on the tracks (most companies post their emergency numbers at crossings, either behind the crossbuck or on the signal house) or call 911.
- Always drive at a speed that allows you to stop within the distance of your headlights so you have a clear view of the road ahead.
- Never try to race a train to the crossing. Even in a tie, you will lose.
Ensure your summer road trip is one you will remember for all the right reasons. If you need to cross tracks, always approach them expecting a train, only cross when it’s safe, and “Look. Listen. Live.”
Help us stop tragic crossing incidents from happening. Check out our website for more rail safety resources, stats and tips, and connect with us on Facebook
—it could save your life.