Sign of the Week: Railway crossing

Sign of the Week is a weekly feature here on the SenSen Driving School blog that demystifies some common head-scratching signs you’ll see as a driver.

As you are learning how to drive, you will inevitably come across railroad train tracks. This is also true when you are taking your road test, especially if you are taking it in the Burnaby or Richmond locations.

As you approach a railway, there will be ample signs and road markings to warn you. Many train tracks will have mechanical arms or electrical signs present to keep you protected. The following signs in yellow will be displayed well ahead to warn you of whats to come.

Railway crossing

In addition to the yellow signs, the train tracks will be equipped with mechanical arms that come down to prevent vehicles from moving forward.


Railway crossings are still considered intersections, so please continue to scan them like any other normal intersection: left, center, right and left again. Make sure this scan is extremely evident when you are taking your road test because examiners will be looking for this. The scan is for you to ensure no trains are coming in case the warning systems fail (i.e. arms don’t come down).

As always, drive safe out there and please don’t hesitate in contacting us if you have any questions or concerns.



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