Stay Alert

You can’t avoid getting struck by a train if you can’t hear it or see it coming. Today’s trains are extremely quiet, so don’t be distracted by cell phones or other devices when in the vicinity of a railway crossing. Although trains sound their whistles at most crossings, or in the case of an emergency, you won’t hear the warning if you are wearing headphones.

Look and Listen for a Train

When approaching a railway crossing, slow down, look both ways and listen for trains. Turn off any music, ask passengers to be quiet and open your window to better hear approaching trains. If a train is approaching, or if railway warning signals are activated, immobilize your vehicle behind any gates or stop lines—or no closer than 5 metres from the nearest rail—and wait for the train to pass.