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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationRail · 1 decade ago

When approaching a railroad crossing without mechanical gatse or lights, you should:?

A. Continue at normal safe speed becasue the railroad is not being used

B. Continue at normal safe speed and look around for trains if possible.

C. Slow down, look and listen for a train and be prepared to stop

D. Always come to a complete stop

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  • 1 decade ago
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    laws do vary from state to state.

    But, as a practical matter, slow, look and listen. If possible stop (not usually an option) look and listen.

    What that really means is, turn off the music for a a few seconds, roll down the window and listen.

    But, you should always practice these tips for staying alive and in one piece at ALL railroad grade crossings, mechanical protection or no. The gates and bells are NOT fail-safe, contrary to popular opinion. Yes, they do have battery back up to protect against power failure, but they can fail for reasons other than a loss of electricity.

    And, in a snow storm, the locomotive whistle can get clogged with snow and cease to operate. This is why you must also look. In addition, there are areas that are declared a "quiet zone," where the engineer is prohibited from using the whistle, save for emergency circumstances.

    Grade crossing accidents as well as accidents involving pedestrians are 100% avoidable, but it is up to the motorist or pedestrian to do the protecting for themselves. A train will not come looking for you, but they have no qualms about killing you if you put yourself in their path.

    All safety questions get a star from me. Here's yours. Thanks for asking.

  • 1 decade ago

    When approaching a railroad crossing without mechanical gates or lights, the best thing to do is come to a complete stop. When you come to a complete stop, look and listen for an on coning train and/or trains. Look both ways two or more times to be sure it is safe to cross. When you can not see or hear anything coming you may then proceed to cross the tracks. The worst thing to do is keep going because a train hitting a car is about equil to a car hitting a soda can. Just because there are not gates and lights at the crossing does not mean they are not being used unless there is a sign saying exempt under the railroad crossing sign and failure to proceed with caution could cost you your life.

  • 1 decade ago

    Always stop.

    Then look and listen, if you are certain that a train is not coming then proceed, if your car stalls or breaks down on the crossing, get out of the car and get everyone else out as quickly as possible.

    If there is a phone by the trackside near the crossing lift the receiver, ask for the signalman and tell him your car has broken down on the crossing.

    If not call the police who will alert the signalman for that section.

  • redden
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    stop, seem and hear is the only thank you to flow ANY tracks with a assure of living. Crossing secure practices isn't fail-secure. ok, so combating isn't often an selection, yet you are able to constructive turn your head to look and roll down the window to hearken to. so some distance as a velocity in touch with your query, all are incorrect, a minimum of in imperative, for the reason pronounced above. yet i could risk a wager of 15 mph... supplies ya somewhat greater time to look and hear, ya be responsive to.... a celebrity for secure practices.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Answer is " C " . that would be my understanding. Mind you, in NZ Traffic Rules, the drivers are supposed to slow down to 15 km/h. AND LOOK BOTH WAYS. Before moiving out across the tracks.

  • Petero
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    C, but in Canada I have noticed that the morons tend to speed up, so they are not delayed for 2/3 minutes!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    D first and foremost -- turn off your radio, get off your cell phone, roll down your window and listen and look. Then, and ONLY then, is it same for you to cross.

    I had an acquaintance who did EXACTLY that, but he STILL got hit -- he forgot about the double track.

    So be really careful, and happy driving.

  • B
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Georgia law states that a driver must stop at all crossings without signals

  • 1 decade ago

    Stop,Look,and listen.turn off all music.

  • 1 decade ago

    Taking your driver's test are you? Different states have different laws, see what your state says.

    When in doubt stop.

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