Caution XXX Railroad Crossing XXX Caution

The professional driver must use extreme caution when approaching all railroad tracks. Slow down and be prepared to stop when crossing any active railroad crossings. All vehicles placarded as hauling hazardous materials must stop at all railroad crossings except for streetcar tracks, industrial switching tracks, exempt and abandoned tracks, or tracks that are controlled by a traffic signal or any police authority. Hazmat vehicles must stop at least 15 (fifteen) feet before the railroad tracks, but, not more than 50 (fifty) feet away from the tracks.

Don't get caught on the tracks!!!

Never drive onto a railroad grade crossing until you are sure that you can clear the tracks. Be sure that you can not only get the truck or tractor across, but, also be sure the trailer of any combination vehicle will completely clear the tracks before you attempt to start over the tracks. After starting to cross the railroad tracks, do not shift gears until the complete unit has cleared the tracks. Know the configuration of your unit. Drop-frame and lowboy trailers can drag their frames on slightly elevated or "humped" tracks. Always make sure that your landing gear is rolled up completely as these can also get caught as you cross the tracks.

Never Drive Around Gates!!! - Watch Out For Second Trains.

Never attempt to race a train to a crossing. If gates are down, stop - and do not move your vehicle until the gates are raised and the lights have stopped flashing. When stopped at a crossing with multiple tracks, do not proceed until you are sure that there is not another train approaching on another track. Be especially alert to trains coming from the opposite direction which may be blocked by the train that just cleared the crossing.

Always Be Alert For Trains

When approaching any railroad track, always expect that there will be a train coming. Be especially cautious at unguarded crossings that do not have lights and gates. Roll down your window and turn off air-conditioning and the radio so that you can hear any approaching train. Turn on your four-way flashers to alert vehicles behind that you are slowing or stopping for the tracks. When you are sure that no train is coming, proceed quickly over the crossing without shifting gears. If you should get hung up or stalled on a track, call "911" immediately and advise the operator to alert the police, and the railroad, if possible. Be sure to give the 911 operator the DOT crossing number - it is usually posted on a switch box or sign located near the crossing.

Remember!!!
When it's a tie at a railroad crossing - you lose!