Gates. Many railroad-highway crossings have gates with flashing red lights and bells. Stop when the lights begin to flash and before the gate lowers across the road lane. Remain stopped until the gates go up and the lights have stopped flashing. Proceed when it is safe. See Figure 2.18.
Figure 2.18 2.15.3 – Driving Procedures Never Race a Train to a Crossing. Never attempt to race a train to a crossing. It is extremely difficult to judge the speed of an approaching train. Reduce Speed. Speed must be reduced in accordance with your ability to see approaching trains in any direction, and speed must beheld to a point which will permit you to stop short of the tracks in case a stop is necessary. Don't Expect to Hear a Train. Trains may not or are prohibited from sounding horns when approaching some crossings. Public crossings where trains do not sound horns should be identified by signs. Noise inside your vehicle may, also prevent you from hearing the train horn until the train is dangerously close to the crossing.