3 Things To Look For When Renting A Crash Truck

by Claude Walters

If you and your crew are going to be doing work on the side of the road, you might have already decided that using a crash truck is a part of your plan. This is an excellent way to provide peace of mind, prevent injuries and even save lives when you and your workers are working in dangerous areas on roads and highways. A few of the things that you should look for when looking for a crash truck to rent are listed below.

1. Ample Warning Lights

For one thing, even though the crash truck will be there so that drivers will hit it instead of workers in the event of an accident, it's better for everyone who is involved to prevent an accident from happening in the first place. Choosing a well-lit crash truck will help alert drivers to the fact that there are workers in the vicinity. This helps prevent anyone from crashing into the crash truck and also helps protect those who might be working nearby and who might not actually be protected by the crash truck. For these reasons, you'll want to find a crash truck that has plenty of bright and easy-to-see warning lights. Of course, setting up additional lighting and signage nearby is a smart move to help increase visibility even more, too.

2. Appropriate Size

Crash trucks come in different sizes. The size that you're going to need is going to depend partly on how much space you and your crew have to work with. If one of the lanes is going to be shut down, then you can pick a bigger crash truck without having to worry as much about it taking up too much space. If the road is still going to be fully open, though, you'll need to find a smaller truck that will actually fit on the shoulder of the road.

3. Appropriate Protection

Lastly, you'll need to choose a crash truck that is going to provide the appropriate amount of protection. Crash trucks are often designed to be able to withstand impacts at certain speeds. Use the speed limit on the road where you will be working as a guide to help you determine how much protection you and your workers are going to need, and compare the impacts that each crash truck can handle before choosing one to rent for your upcoming roadside project. Then, you can make sure that there is adequate protection, particularly if you're going to be working on a highway where drivers travel at a higher rate of speed.