- Not all trains work on a fixed schedule. For long periods of time, you may never once witness nearby train tracks in use, but don’t get too confident. Always assume a train is on its way.
- If you see a train—no matter how fast or slow it appears to be travelling—never try to “get there first”. Even if the crossing gates are lifted, it’s always safer to let the train pass before you continue. After all, what could be so time sensitive that it’s worth risking your life for?
- If you didn’t see a train approaching, perhaps you were distracted. Around trains, your safety can change in the blink of an eye. Never underestimate the threat that trains pose; stay attentive.
- Only cross at designated level crossings that function as a sort of “crosswalk for train tracks”. Did you know: crossing anywhere other than the intended crossing point is considered trespassing, and you could be ticketed for doing so?
- Never, ever, ever try to board a moving train. This is self-explanatory.
- Don’t think that a train is ever going to stop for you. Depending on the speed at which a train is moving, it could take well over a mile for it to come to a stop. For this reason exactly, it’s highly recommend to stay away from train tracks altogether unless you’re crossing over them—and when doing so, hustle.
- You may be waiting for a gate to lift after being lowered for some time with no train in sight. Whatever you do, going around the gate to avoid it is NOT A VALID ANSWER. While it’s possible that the gate/light system is malfunctioning, it’s still illegal to do so, and still quite dangerous on the off-chance that a train is ‘a comin’.
- Do not stop your vehicle on the tracks for any reason. No matter how good of a reason you think you have, stopping your vehicle on the tracks puts not only your own life in dangerous, but the live(s) of anyone on the train as well.
- If your vehicle unfortunately breaks down on a set of tracks, get out as soon as possible. Call for assistance if needed, and, depending on your view of the tracks, you should be able to get your vehicle to safety in a reasonable amount of time.
- Don’t ride your bike over the train tracks. Brave bikers may elect to ride over tracks, but if they knew how dangerous it was, they may give it a second thought. If the narrow wheel of a bike gets caught in the rails, you could end up with some serious injuries. Instead, simply walk the short distance in a safe and hasty manner.
- Hold on and brace yourself for the trip. It will be bumpy and you will be jostled around for the duration of your travels. It will be in your best interest to grab onto a nearby support pole.
- Watch your step when boarding. While most modern day passenger trains take steps to prevent this sort of accident, many will still have large gaps that require a little pep in your step to get over.
- Maintain a safe distance from the platform edge. What’s the rush? Let the train come to a complete stop before you rush to get on. There are many factors which can lead to you or another falling into the tracks, so stay safe and leave some space.
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