Official US Government Icon

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure Site Icon

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

The latest information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is available on coronavirus.gov.

United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

7 Steps for Safety - Highway-Rail Grade Crossings

  1. Approach with care. 
    Warn others that you are slowing down. Turn on 4-way flashers. Use pull-out lane if available.
  2. Prepare to stop. 
    Turn off fans and radio and roll down windows. Locate your cell phone for use in emergency.
  3. Look both ways and listen carefully. 
    Bend forward to see around mirrors and A-pillars.
  4. If it won’t fit, don’t commit. Do not enter a crossing unless you can drive completely through without stopping!
    Remember, trains are wider than the track.  Before you pull onto the track, make sure there is enough room on the other side of the back of your vechile (and any overhanging cargo) to be at least 6 feet beyond the furthest rail. 
  5. Look again. 
    Before you move, look again in both directions.
  6. Cross tracks with care. 
    Signal, watch for a safe gap, pull back onto the road if you used a pull-out lane. Use highest gear that will let you cross without shifting.
  7. Keep going once you start, even if lights start to flash or gates come down.
Last updated: Thursday, August 15, 2019