As winter approaches, extreme winter weather like snow, sleet and ice will soon be coating the roads, and driving will become more difficult for all vehicles sharing the road. We at Midland Wrecking Inc. have over 30 years of experience in building demolition in Kansas City, which also means we’ve had a lot of experience driving large demolition vehicles to sites year-round.
Our demolition, salvage and debris cleanup vehicles are quite large and can be difficult to maneuver or stop suddenly in modest traffic. Safety is one of our top concerns, both on demolition sites and off, so we want our clients and the general public to be able to safely share the road with us. Here are five useful tips for sharing the road with large vehicles to keep you and our drivers safe!
- Leave ample space: Large vehicles like demolition vehicles or semi trucks take a longer time to brake or move than passenger cars do. If you’re driving in front of a large vehicle, try your best to avoid braking suddenly or cutting in front of them, because you may end up getting rear-ended.
- Stay out of blind spots: Blind spots are a problem for everyone on the road, but even more so for drivers heading to a building demolition in Kansas City. Large vehicles have large blind spots, so try to stay out of them as much as possible to make sure the driver can see you and give you sufficient space. A good rule to follow is that, if you can’t see the driver in their side mirror, you’re probably in a blind spot and should move.
- Passing procedures: Large trucks have a difficult time passing on the highway if cars are driving slowly in front of them. They might be prohibited from passing in the left lane, or oncoming traffic might make it impossible for them to safely merge. If a truck is driving faster than you are, do your best to move over and let them pass in the slow lane.
- Don’t get too close: Tailgating a large demolition vehicle is a big mistake for passenger cars due to how unsafe it is. Don’t drive too close to the back of a large vehicle because you’ll be directly in one of their largest blind spots, and a sudden stop can leave your car badly damaged and you extremely injured.
- Watch the turn radius: Large vehicles can’t turn as easily or quickly as smaller cars can, so it’s important that you give the drivers enough room for a wide turn. Avoid trying to squeeze next to a truck attempting a turn because you may cause an accident.
If you’re in need of building demolition in Kansas City, call Midland Wrecking Inc.! For over 30 years, our team has offered residential and commercial demolition services in addition to salvage services and debris removal. We’re able to handle demolition job of any size with our high-quality equipment. Call us today to arrange a consultation!