Rail Safety for Cement, Dump and Garbage Truck Drivers
Operation Lifesaver's 3-½ minute video, titled “Rail Safety for Cement, Dump and Garbage Truck Drivers,” shows all professional drivers the steps to take to avoid a devastating crash with a freight or passenger train, including details on how to:
- Use increased attention when approaching and crossing railroad tracks
- Recognize and obey signs and signals before and at the crossing
- Know what to do in the event a vehicle is stalled or stuck on the tracks
Funding for production and distribution of the video was provided by FRA.
Five Safety Tips for Truck Drivers
- It can take the average freight train traveling at 55 mph a mile or more to stop.
- At crossings, don't stop any closer than 15 feet. If you're in traffic, don't go forward if you can't safely clear the crossing. Keep in mind there's an overhang, both for your truck and a train, of 3 feet or more.
- Make sure that trailer jacks are in the up position; non-retracted trailer jacks can cause trailers to become stuck on crossings.
- If you get stuck at the crossing, get out and call the 800 number posted at the crossing, or call local police to alert trains of your position.
- Cell phones are the top distraction for all drivers; many states prohibit the use of hand-held devices while driving.
A standard line haul unit weighing 80,000 pounds and pulling a 53-foot trailer on a level road under good surface conditions requires a minimum of 14 seconds to clear a single track and more than 15 seconds to clear a double track.
FRA has a free Rail Crossing Locator Mobile App, downloadable from the Apple App store and the Google Play store. The app pulls data from the FRA highway-rail grade crossing database, and lets you map information on crossing locations right from your mobile device. The tool allows you to locate crossings by USDOT Crossing ID, address or geo-location. The crossing information includes the specific ENS emergency number for the location.
Stay Alive When You Drive
When you're a professional driver, you're always on the move. The more you know about rail safety the better prepared you'll be to deliver your cargo safely every time. Operation Lifesaver provides professional truck drivers with crucial information to safely navigate highway-rail grade crossings.