Car Safety Week: level crossing safety

It’s Car Safety Week (Monday 22 to Sunday 28 January 2018), so take a look at our level crossing safety pages. Safe driving!

Britain’s roads are busier than ever, and Car Safety Week promotes the growing importance of car safety and driver awareness.

Driving safely at level crossings

At level crossings, drivers need to:

  • Be prepared to stop at the crossing.
  • Understand the warnings (lights, barriers, alarms). Download the document or view the interactive guide on the driver safety web page.
  • If the warnings activate, stop – unless it’s unsafe to do so.
  • Remain stationary until all the warnings stop.
  • Check that the exit is clear before driving across.

How to use level crossings safely as a driver

Find out more about level crossing safety – including level crossing safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, plus schools resources and our level crossing risk reduction programme.

Level crossing safety campaigns

Our most recent level crossing safety campaign focused on automatic half-barrier crossings, raising awareness of the dangers of not stopping on amber lights at crossings with automatic half barriers.

How to use automatic half-barrier crossings safely (drivers and pedestrians)

In the past two years there have been 116 near misses at level crossings involving vehicles. More than a third of these (37 per cent) took place at an automatic half barrier crossing.

The campaign includes a virtual reality film, ‘Worth the risk?’, that was created in partnership with the British Transport Police (BTP). The film highlights the danger of weaving between barriers and a possible tragic outcome. You can watch the film on YouTube or via download on the Network Rail level crossings app.

Our level crossing safety campaigns have so far delivered life-saving information to young people, commuters, farmers, cyclists, dog walkers and people with hearing, visual and mobility impairments. You can find out more on our web page, watch our virtual reality films on YouTube, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date with future safety campaigns.

Find out more

9+ times people risked their lives at level crossings

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