If you’ve ever had your car conk out on you while you’re driving, you know how frustrating it can be. Hey, you’re not a mechanic! And your car’s just gonna quit you like that in the middle of your commute?! But, there’s an even scarier, and very real possibility, your car could decide to stop on a set of railroad tracks. Unfortunately, this has happened, and it’s worse than frustrating…it can be deadly. Here at Glenn’s Freedom CDJR, we know you love your Dodge Charger, Jeep Wrangler, Chrysler 300, or Ram 1500, but there’s four important things you need to do if this happens to you:
1. Get Out of the Car
Seriously, get out of the car. No matter how new your vehicle is, or how much you think that just one more turn of the key will get it to start, if you see a train coming – GET OUT! Leave it there. Just go.
2. Leave Everything Inside Your Car
Don’t worry about your purse, your laptop, or your cell phone. They’ll survive, you won’t!
3. Get Away From the Tracks!
Seriously – run, don’t walk, away from the tracks. There’s two things about trains you should be aware of – trains are huge. Also, they can’t stop quickly to prevent a collision…they way look to be a mile away, but they will hit your car, and it will happen faster than you realize.
4. Run TOWARDS the Direction of the Train and AWAY at a 45-degree Angle
Seems weird, right? But this is why it’s a good idea…when the train hits the vehicle, the debris will fly out and forward. When you’re running in the direction the train just came from (and AWAY from the tracks) you’re avoiding the flying debris that will happen when the train hits your car. You need to be in that safe zone.
It doesn’t matter if you’re from Danville, Berea, Shelbyville, Bardstown, Somerset, Campbellsville, or Independence, this is a very real possibility, and we here at Glenn’s Freedom CDJR want you to be safe! Bottom line, if you see a train, get OUT of your car and get away from it!