Today, #RememberRoadVictims, and drive rail safe with these tips

The stats are alarming. According to the National Day of Remembrance website:

On average, five people die on Canada’s roads each day.”

Today is National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims and a sobering reminder to all of us of the dangers we face when we get behind the wheel.

So what can you do to make sure you’re not a statistic, especially when it comes to driving near the tracks? Start by following these rail safety tips for drivers.

5 lifesaving rail safety tips for drivers

  1. This first tip isn’t just about rail safety—it’s simply good driving. Every time you’re behind the wheel, keep your eyes on the road and OFF your phone!
  2. Expect a train on any track at any time. This means, any time is train time—literally. Be aware of your surroundings, put down your phone, look ahead and ensure it’s clear before you cross!
  3. You know the saying, “look both ways before you cross the road”? The same goes for the tracks….When you see one train pass, make sure there isn’t another one coming. Watch out for a second train. Do not proceed until you are sure that there is no train coming on another track!
  4. Now this rail safety tip we cannot emphasize enough. It’s disturbing just how many people choose to ignore this advice and gamble with a train, sometimes losing: Never drive around the gates. If the gate is down, or in the process of being raised or lowered, do not cross the tracks.
  5. And we are always surprised when we have to constantly ring this one home. Never race a train to the crossing because even in a tie, you lose!

Take a moment to recognize the significance of this important day, and be extra cautious when you get behind the wheel. Not just today, but every day—your actions could potentially affect more than just you.