Preparing your Forklifts and your Drivers for Winter

 Preparing Your Forklift Fleet for Winter

The holidays are coming fast, and they’re bringing snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.  Here are a few tips to keep your forklift, and your forklift drivers, in good shape this winter season.

  1. Warm clothing, gloves, and hats for anyone operating a forklift outside. Not only will this ensure that your driver won’t get sick, but a cold body reacts slowly.  Warm clothing will keep the driver focused, alert, and able to quickly react if need be.
  2. Drivers should reduce speed in icy or wet conditions. This may seem obvious, but it is easy to get too comfortable with operating a forklift, and forgetting how dangerous than can be when used improperly.
  3. Be sure to have the right tires if you are taking your forklift outdoors in the cold weather and icy conditions. Grit your yard areas to increase traction in snow and ice, and be sure that your tires maintain sufficient traction.
  4. Lubrication is always important, but especially when it is freezing outside! Be all of your moving parts are properly lubricated and oiled to keep your forklift running smoothly.
  5. Remember how early it gets dark in the winter! Don’t be caught without proper lighting on your forklifts when the sun goes down.

These 5 simple tips will help get you ready for the winter.  Forklift America technicians can always help with any questions you may have, and can help you with lighting, heating, tires, and proper lubrication for the unforgiving winter weather.

Don’t let a little ice stop the work from getting done!

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