Driver Rail Safety Tips
Union Pacific reminds drivers to always expect trains travelling from either direction at all railroad crossings. Trains can take more than a mile to stop – after locomotive engineers apply emergency brakes. The following tips will help ensure drivers arrive to their destinations safely.
- Slow down, look both ways and proceed if your entire vehicle can clear the railroad crossing.
- If a train approaches, stop at least 15 feet from the nearest rail. Trains are three feet wider than the tracks on both sides.
- Do not drive around lowered gates — saving a few minutes is not worth risking your life.
- Look again at crossings with multiple tracks. Two tracks may mean two trains – ensure all tracks are clear before driving across each rail line.
- If your car stalls or stops on the crossing, get yourself and all passengers out and away quickly. Call the phone number posted at the railroad crossing or 911 to report a stalled vehicle.
Remember: At crossings, trains can't stop quickly or steer out of the way. Drivers can.
Driver Traffic Laws on the Tracks
The driver must treat the crossbuck as a yield sign and the motorist must stop whenever automatic signals are activated. A driver is obligated to:
- Not exceed the speed limit.
- Be able to stop within an assured clear distance ahead.
- Drive with reasonable care in all circumstances.
Check out Union Pacific CARES for more information about driving safely across railroad tracks.