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You're driving over a level crossing. The warning lights come on and a bell rings. What should you do? You're driving over a level crossing. The warning lights come on and a bell rings. What should you do?

  • Possible answers:

     
  • A. Get everyone out of the vehicle immediately

  • B. Stop and reverse back to clear the crossing

  • C. Keep going and clear the crossing

  • D. Stop immediately and use your hazard warning lights

 
 

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Controlled level crossings

Even though trains are much less common in many areas than they were 50 years ago, you still need to know your driving obligations at controlled level crossings. Rule 293 outlines the rules around driving over crossings, and whether you must stop and wait. Trains cannot brake quickly due to their weight and the relatively low friction on the tracks.

Rule 293

Most crossings have traffic light signals with a steady amber light, twin flashing red stop lights and an audible alarm for pedestrians. They may have full, half or no barriers.

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