Signs warn you that you are approaching railroad tracks. Look and listen for trains in both directions. Be ready to stop, if necessary. You should be prepared for a train to come at any time, day or night. Never stop on railroad tracks. Usually by the time a train conductor sees you, it is too late for the train to stop.
When traffic is heavy, wait off the tracks until you are sure you can drive over them without stopping.
A stop line, an X and the letters RR may be painted on the pavement in front of railroad crossings. These markings warn you to be aware of the crossing ahead and to pay particular attention to the possible approach of a train.
Flashing red lights at a railroad crossing mean STOP! A full stop is always required. Make sure that there is no train traveling on the tracks and proceed.
When driving through a railway crossing always STOP when you:
- See a person or signal warnings that a train is coming
- See a train coming
- Hear the horn or bell of a train close by. (Keep your radio turned off to listen.)