Operation Lifesaver Shares its Top 10 Safety Tips for RV Drivers

Contact: Marmie T. Edwards, APR, CAE, [email protected], 703 739-0284 or 800-537-6224

Operation Lifesaver Shares its Top 10 Safety Tips for RV Drivers
WASHINGTON, DC, July 15, 2011 – Summer is the time for vacations with family and friends, and recreational vehicles (RVs) are a popular way to travel in comfort. Operation Lifesaver (OL, http://www.oli.org), the national, nonprofit rail safety education group, today released its top 10 safety tips for recreational vehicle drivers around railroad tracks.

“Operation Lifesaver wants RV owners to have a safe summer on the road and avoid collisions with trains by following these tips,” OL President Helen M. Sramek said.

Top 10 Safety Tips for RV Drivers

1)    Watch for this ADVANCE WARNING SIGN, which appears before most crossings and tells you to SLOW DOWN, a rail crossing is ahead.  Be prepared to stop if a train is approaching.
2)    You should see “RXR” and a stop line painted on a paved road approaching a crossing.  Stay behind the line while waiting for the train to pass. As you approach the crossing, look carefully in both directions, listen for the train.
3)    Do not proceed to cross the tracks unless there is ample room on the other side for your vehicle. Remember to allow for THE FULL LENGTH OF YOUR VEHICLE, plus at least 15 feet, to ensure safe crossing. Also be aware that a train’s width extends at least 3 feet beyond the rail on each side.
4)    Be certain no portion of your vehicle is trapped on the tracks when a signal turns red or crossing lights begin to flash.

5)    FLASHING LIGHTS or a lowering gate signal that a train is approaching.  Do not proceed until the GATES GO COMPLETELY UP and the lights go off.  It is illegal to go around lowered gates.
6)    If you see a train, wait.  An approaching train may be closer and traveling faster than it appears.
7)    After a train passes, look both ways before proceeding. A second train may follow the first.
8)    The average train traveling 55 mph takes a mile or more to stop. That’s 18 football fields.
9)    If you see a problem (damaged sign, obstructed view, signal malfunction) at a crossing, report it   immediately to the railroad using the 800 number at the crossing.
10)  If your vehicle stalls on the crossing, GET OUT IMMEDIATELY, even if you don’t see a train. Call the Emergency Notification number posted on or near the crossing or notify local law enforcement.  Give your exact location, including the DOT number listed at the crossing.

About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. is a national, non-profit safety education group whose goal is to eliminate deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railroad rights of way. Operation Lifesaver has programs in all 50 states, with trained and certified presenters who provide free safety talks to community groups, school bus drivers, truck drivers and student drivers to raise awareness around railroad tracks and trains. For more information, and to request a free safety presentation, visit http://www.oli.org.     


Media Contact

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. understands the importance of the news media’s role in helping the public make safe decisions around tracks and trains.

To request further information about Operation Lifesaver’s activities, or for additional safety information, email general[at]oli.org or contact our national headquarters office at 703-739-0308.

If you are a reporter seeking information for a local news story, view our list of state Operation Lifesaver program contacts.

If you are on deadline for a story and would like Operation Lifesaver, Inc.'s perspective on a highway-rail safety or trespass prevention topic, email news[at]oli.org

About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Our team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages. 


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Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
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Washington, D.C. 20024

Fax: 703-519-8267
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