when you come to a rail road crossing do you look before crossing?

@lowloy (316)
United States
March 4, 2010 9:53am CST
I usually do not look both ways before crossing. the gate is not down, so I will cross. I believe we are very trusting that the gate works, or do we not want to take the extra 3 seconds it takes to look both ways? What are your opinions?
7 responses
@hbk2244 (180)
• United States
4 Mar 10
I for one do not trust the rail road gates, If they are down, I obviously stop but if they are up, I roll down my window and look both ways before crossing the rail track. That 3 seconds that I stop and look could save my life as well as anyone who may be in the car with me.
• United States
4 Mar 10
well said
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
5 Mar 10
Yes, I absolutely look when I approach a railroad. Thankfully it does not happen that often, but when I do, I take every step I need to make it over the tracks and safely, without any harm. Those trains can come out of nowhere. Even with the proper warning in place, there are many things that can happen. I mean if the rail gate is broken down and no one knows it, then there will be no warning. Technology is great but it can be faulty and can break down at the worst possible times. I can think of no worse time when I am in position to cross the tracks. It is only a few seconds to ensure that everything is safe. With my safety in mind, I tend to take the time.
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Yes I do look both ways and slow up at the crossing, as I used to be a school bus driver, and it is the law that you stop at all R&R crossings.
@phoenix8606 (4978)
4 Mar 10
hi! yes, I look every time i am going to cross the rail road, because I know, that even if the barrier aren't let down, there is still some chance the train to come! so better look for a second than lose you life :)
• United States
4 Mar 10
When I was a kid, my parents told me to always look to my left and right before crossing a street or a railroad. Now I'm 21 and I still follow what they said. :)
@champan (513)
• Argentina
4 Mar 10
I always look. Its like a tic, i have that incorporated on my. Maybe some people want to save those 3 seconds, and they put their life in risk stupidly. You waste 3 seconds but save your life.
@magtibaygom (4864)
• Philippines
4 Mar 10
I used to. But now, I no longer look before crossing. The reason is, there are no trains here anymore. All gone. Trains here already decapitated. The money for maintenance were gone taken by corrupt officials. This is the Philippines.