Don’t Attempt to Beat the Train Under no circumstances attempt to race a train to a crossing. If you lose, you will never race again. Don’t Try to Evade the Gates Never drive around a crossing gate that has extended down. If the gates are down, stop and stay in place. It’s against the law to drive through lowered gates. Don’t cross the tracks until the gates are fully raised and the lights have stopped flashing. When Approaching a Railroad CrossingSlow down far enough ahead of the crossing to be certain that you can stop when you reach the point where a train could first be seen. Railroad crossings equipped with electric or mechanical signal devices require the operator to bring the vehicle to a complete stop within 50 feet, and no closer than 15 feet from the nearest rail and shall not proceed until it is safe.