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In good conditions, it takes about 14 seconds for an 80,000 pound, 53-foot rig to cross a single railroad track. Drivers who think they can speed up to beat the train often forget how large and slow their vehicles really are until its too late.

It’s essential to remind drivers that when going up against a train, they will never win. Instead, remind them to follow these safety tips:

  • Begin slowing down when an advance warning sign is observed.
  • Always expect a train when approaching a crossing.
  • Trains always have the right of way (no exceptions).
  • Look and listen carefully in each direction for the sight and/or sound of the train.
  • If unsure that the CMV can safely cross the tracks, wait for the train to pass.
  • Be sure that the CMV can completely cross the tracks before starting to cross.
  • Never race a train, or drive around lowered gates.
  • Never shift gears when crossing the tracks.
  • When crossing multiple tracks, watch for a second train.

For more essential safety and training tips, don’t forget to take advantage of our Expert Help feature, which puts you in touch with industry-leading experts.