Why Busses Stop at Railroad Tracks

Have you ever wondered why busses stop and open their doors at railroad tracks? Why don’t they just stop or look or listen? Those are all great things to do for any vehicle, but not always the safest. Chances are you have seen or been behind a bus that suddenly stops before a railroad crossing and the explanation stems from bus drivers wanting to provide the safest experience possible.


Almost 80 years ago in Salt Lake City year of December 1938, there was a blizzard. The snow started fast and many drivers could not see. During the blizzard a bus was driving. Two hours off schedule, due to weather conditions, a train came to cross the railroad track right as the bus did. Even though the bus stopped, it could not see if there was an oncoming train. Due to the lack of sight, the bus ended up crossing the tracks and was hit by the train. Only 14 of the 40 passengers survived.

As a result, it is now a law that bus drivers are required to stop before train tracks open their bus door and make sure they do not here a train coming. Take a look at some of their other safety precautions school bus drivers have to take next time you are stuck behind one. Though at times it may seem silly for a bus to stop, these laws are put in place for a reason, to keep everyone on the bus safe. The Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Dealership of Rochester Hills, MI, finds road safety a top priority and wants to inform the community. Next time you are caught driving in foggy or snowy weather, remember this story and how rolling down your window can help protect you and your passengers.

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