January 9, 2017 by Minuteman Trucks
Ever think about how often you cross a railroad on your daily route and take for granted that there’s no train coming? It’s important that when crossing a railroad you keep in mind that your truck is NO match for a train. Here are a few safety tips to help you stay safe around railroad tracks.
Safety Tips for Truck Drivers
- Note that trains take a long time to stop. At 55 mph, it can take a mile or more to stop a train.
- Stop no closer than 15 feet (one car length) from the crossing.
- Note the overhang – both for your truck and a train – of 3 feet or more.
- Make sure that trailer jacks are in the up position – non-retracted trailer jacks can cause trailers to become stuck on crossings.
- Refrain from using your phone while driving.
- Trains and trucks don’t mix. Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose.
- The train you see is closer and faster moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by, then proceed across the tracks.
- Never drive around lowered gates — it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency.
- Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping.
- If your vehicle stalls on the track with a train coming, get out immediately, get away from the track and move in the direction that the train is coming. If you move in the same direction as the train, when the train hits your car you could be injured by flying debris. Call your local law enforcement agency for assistance.
- When you’re at a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.
- When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn’t safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.
- ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! Freight trains do not follow set schedules.
- If you get stuck at the crossing, get out, call the 1-800 number posted at the crossing, or call the local police to alert trains of your position.
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