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Railroad Crossing Safety for the Elderly and Disabled

Ensuring railroad crossing safety is becoming increasingly difficult across the United States.  This is due to several factors, including the growing number of older drivers.  Those with slower reflexes or impaired senses should be taught to use extra caution when operating their vehicles at railroad crossings.


Railroad Crossing Basics

Public agencies should make sure that drivers know and obey the following rules for crossing railroad tracks:

  • Always come to a full stop at a crossing.
  • Roll down the vehicle’s windows, turn off all audio devices, and listen for the train’s whistle.  Those with audio impairments should ensure their hearing aids are on and functioning correctly at these locations.
  • Look in both directions twice before starting across the tracks.  Those with visual impairments should be especially diligent when doing so.
  • Never stop in the middle of the tracks for any reason.
  • If a vehicle stalls while on or near the tracks, its occupants should immediately exit.  They should contact law enforcement right away to inform officers of the situation.  They should never linger around the vehicle or spend time removing its contents.
  • If a phone number for the railroad company is posted at the crossing, the driver or passengers should call it and tell transit authorities about the stalled vehicle.
  • If a train appears while a vehicle is stalled on the tracks, those on foot should move as quickly as possible toward the direction of the train.  They should stay well away from the tracks.
  • Drivers should never try to outrun an approaching train.  The train is always moving faster than it appears.
  • In areas where train whistles are banned, motorists and pedestrians should exercise extra caution when crossing tracks.
  • Drivers should never try to go around or crash through crossing gates, unless they are already on the tracks and the gate is preventing them from driving forward.
  • Vehicles should never tailgate each other while crossing railroad tracks.


To learn more about products that can enhance railroad crossing safety, contact Impact Recovery Systems today at 1-800-736-5256.