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Minnesota Operation Lifesaver | GiveMN

Can You Make the Grade?


1.

Driving through a neighboring town, you see a round, yellow sign with an X and the letters RR. This round, yellow sign is called:

a) the Advance Warning sign
b) the Crossbuck
c) the Track sign

2.

This round yellow sign tells you:

a) there is a railroad yard nearby
b) to slow down -- you are approaching a railroad crossing
c) there is only one railroad track ahead

3.

As you get closer, you see a sign with the words "Railroad Crossing" on two crossed white boards. This sign is called:

a) the Advance Warning sign
b) the Crossbuck
c) the Track sign

4.

The sign with the words "Railroad Crossing" on two crossed white boards tells you:

a) to hurry across the tracks
b) there is only one railroad track ahead
c) to slow down, look, listen and be prepared to yield to an approaching train

5.

You notice a smaller sign below the crossed white boards. On the small sign are the words "2 TRACKS". This sign tells you:

a) the road ahead crosses two tracks
b) to expect trains approaching from either direction
c) both a and b

6.

As you start driving over the tracks, you see the red lights begin to flash and the gate start to come down. This means:

a) you tripped an emergency signaling device
b) a train is approaching
c) someone is probably working on the signals

7.

When you see the red lights begin to flash and the gate start to come down, you should:

a) keep going until you have cleared the tracks by at least 15 feet
b) stop and abandon the vehicle
c) back up to get off the tracks

8.

If your car stalls on the tracks as a train approaches:

a) keep trying to start your car until the train is really close
b) stand next to your car and wave at the locomotive engineer
c) get everyone out of the car immediately, move far away from the tracks at an angle, in the direction of the approaching train.

9.

The next day, you encounter a "passive" railroad crossing -- one without a gate or flashing red lights. Please be very careful as you cross the tracks here. It is very difficult to judge how far away a train is because:

a) an optical illusion fools the eye in judging distance and speed
b) you have not learned how
c) the train may unexpectedly speed up

10.

After fully applying the brakes, a 100-car freight train traveling 55 mph takes at least ____ to stop.

a) 1/4 mile
b) 1/2 mile
c) 1 mile

11.

You cannot predict the arrival of a freight train at a crossing because:

a) schedules are not published
b) they do not keep regular schedules
c) published schedules may not be accurate

12.

The names railroad crossing, highway-rail intersection, crossing, and highway-rail grade crossing all refer to the place where the highway crosses the train tracks.

True
False

13.

Light-rail trains carrying city passengers run more frequently than interstate freight or passenger trains.

True
False

14.

After fully applying the brakes, light-rail trains take only 100 feet to stop.

True
False

15.

On light-rail trains, the lights on the end car tell you whether the train is approaching or leaving the crossing.

True
False


Contact Minnesota Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
651-328-3259; mnoperationlifesaver@gmail.com
P.O. Box 22254, Minneapolis, MN 55422
National Operation Lifesaver

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