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TN Driver's Manual 2013
TN Driver's Manual 2013

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Railroad crossings have pavement markings that include a
large crossbuck (“X”), the letters “RR”, a no-passing zone
stripe and a stop line. Railroad crossing collisions should not
happen. When they do, it usually
means drivers are not paying
attention to signs, pavement
markings and other warnings that
tell when a train is coming.

Stop—Look—Listen—
Look Again!

Every motor vehicle should be driven at a rate of speed that
will permit the vehicle to be stopped before reaching the
nearest rail of a railroad crossing. The vehicle should not be
driven over the crossing until all railroad tracks are completely
clear of train traffic. Violations of railroad signals or signs
carry the same penalties as violations of other traffic control
devices.
When you approach a railroad crossing and a train is coming,
you must stop between 15 and 50 feet from the railroad tracks.
Wait until the train has
passed and it is safe to cross
before proceeding across the
tracks. The following are
indications that a train is
approaching an intersection:
•The crossing has a
crossbuck sign with
flashing lights to warn drivers when a train is
approaching.
•The crossing has a crossing gate that is lowered, blocking
access to the railroad tracks when a train is approaching.
•A human flagger signals drivers that a train is
approaching.
•Trains are required to signal a horn when they are
approximately 1,500 feet from passing through a railroad
crossing.
•An approaching train is visible to the driver.

Never drive across a railroad crossing when any of the
above indications of an approaching train are present.

Trains move very quickly. Trying to “beat” a train is

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extremely dangerous for the vehicle driver, as well as people
on the train.

Tennessee law requires certain vehicles to stop at all
railroad grade/highway crossings, whether or not any signs
or signals are activated when the vehicle approaches the
crossing.
As a driver, you must be aware of this requirement
so you will be prepared to meet or follow these vehicles when
they have stopped at the crossing.

The vehicles listed below are required by law to stop before
crossing ANY railroad grade crossing:

•Church or school buses, regardless of whether such buses
are carrying any passengers at the time of crossing;
•Common carriers, such as taxis or other vehicles
transporting passengers for hire;
•Vehicles transporting flammables, explosives or other
dangerous articles as cargo or part of a cargo.
Buses at a railroad crossing will pull to the right. The side
movement of the vehicle, along with its stoplights, is a very
clear signal, day or night, that the vehicle is preparing to stop.
You must be alert to this type of movement by buses. Tanker
trucks and other vehicles, required to stop at all railroad tracks,
will usually signal such a stop by displaying emergency
flashers of the vehicle to alert other drivers to the impending
stop.

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