Safety is of the utmost importance while traveling in public transportation, and traveling by commuter rail is no different.
To avoid a trip to a College Park personal injury chiropractor, consider the following safety tips.
Crossing the Tracks
- Only cross commuter rail tracks in spots that are designated crossings.
- Watch for a second train when crossing tracks and don’t pass until you are sure that all tracks are clear.
- Know that commuter trains operate in a push-pull mode, meaning passengers can travel on either track either direction.
- Be aware that trains can be hard to hear, especially when snow, the wind, or rain is present.
At the Station
- Keep children close to you while waiting for your train.
- Be aware that trains may not be slowing down or stopping at the station while you are waiting.
- Stand behind yellow safety lines at stations when waiting to board your train.
- Stay back from the platform edge and don’t sit along it.
- Refrain from running next to or after a moving train.
Getting on and Off
- Only exit or board a train where a conductor is located.
- Be careful of the gap when you step off and on the train.
- Never exit or board a train that is moving.
- Always hold handrails when going down or upstairs on the train.
- Never go on a crossing unless the arms are fully upright and flashing lights are off.
- Don’t stop on a crossing under any circumstance.
- Don’t shift gears if driving on the tracks, and get out of your vehicle and off the tracks, if your car stalls on them.
During Inclement Weather
- Arrive at the station early.
- Never open your side or trap doors.
- Take care when exiting or boarding the train, as weather conditions can cause slip and fall accidents due to slick or slippery platforms.