Are you a professional driver? Ensure your work day doesn’t end in tragedy
Professional drivers spend a lot more time behind the wheel than the average Canadian. Whether you’re driving a school bus, dump truck or an 18-wheeler, getting from point A to point B safely is essential. At Operation Lifesaver, our mission is to ensure that every professional driver knows the rail safety rules so they arrive at their destination safely.
Too often, incidents between trains and heavy vehicles, such as transport trucks, end in tragedy. In January 2019, a 48-year-old Edmonton man was killed
after his tanker truck became caught on railway tracks and was hit by a train. It’s tragic incidents like this that Operation Lifesaver hopes to prevent by ensuring professional drivers know these basic rail safety rules:
- Be Prepared to Stop at All Railway Crossings
When approaching a railway crossing, slow down by shifting into a low gear. Test your brakes, turn on your four-way flashers, and prepare to stop.
- Look Both Ways for Trains
Don’t proceed through a railway crossing unless you have a clear view and are certain no trains are approaching from either direction, especially at crossings with no flashing lights, bell or gates.
- Make Sure You Know How Long Your Vehicle Is
In heavy traffic, be certain there’s enough room for your entire vehicle — including its overhang — to clear the tracks before proceeding through a crossing.
- If You Stall or Get Stuck, Leave Your Vehicle Immediately
Get out of your vehicle and move at least 30 metres away from the tracks to avoid being struck by debris if a train hits your vehicle. Notify the railway that a vehicle is on the tracks by dialing 911 or calling the emergency number posted at the crossing.
Although the laws and regulations governing professional drivers’ actions at railway crossings vary between provinces, following these rules can help to ensure your safety, no matter what and where you are driving. So, follow these simple tips—it could save lives.