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  • Getting the most from your forklifts with effective training...

    There are plenty of superb forklift trucks on the market these days and, as long as you know what you’re looking for, you should succeed in finding versions that tick each and every one of your boxes.

    Whether you’re after diesel, electric or gas forklifts, you should be able to find them here at Trucks Direct.

    However, if you’re to make the very most of vehicles like this, it’s really important that you ensure your drivers have had all the training they need. Of course, there is a certain legal minimum standard that all drivers must attain before they can control trucks. However, it’s worth going above and beyond this and making sure your drivers’ skills are the very best they can be. This helps ensure that they can operate the vehicles as efficiently and effectively as possible, which is great news for you bottom line.

    Best forklift driver

    One man who’s certainly in the know when it comes to forklift driving is Darren Taylor. Later this month, the 29-year-old warehouse worker will compete to be crowned the best forklift truck driver in Britain, the Burton Mail reports.

    He is taking part in the Road Transport Industry Training Board’s operator of the year competition, which comprises a series of challenges to be staged at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. In total, 40 drivers will test their skills and the top ten will go on to the grand final, due to be held in Telford, Shropshire on September 20th.

    A bit like the Crystal Maze

    Commenting on the challenge awaiting him, Mr Taylor said: “The competition is a bit like the television show The Crystal Maze, but for forklifts. It’s like an assault course we have to do while driving a fork-lift truck.”

    He was working at a Boots warehouse when he was invited to take part in the competition. About this, he remarked: “When I worked at Boots, they did a re-test (of forklift abilities) to make sure I was up to grade. Afterwards I was contacted to ask whether I would like to take part in the operator of the year competition.”

    “I was quite shocked really. This was only a week or two ago. I’ve been looking the competition up online so I know the kind of things people have had to do in previous competitions.”

    Health and safety

    The expert, who has held a forklift truck licence since 2001, said: “I am very conscious of health and safety. Sometimes you can’t avoid accidents, that’s just the nature of the job, but there’s a lot you can do to improve safety. I’ve been driving forklifts pretty well, I’d say, because I’m a stickler for health and safety. A workman is only as good as his tools.”


    As well as selling used forklifts, we also offer novice training courses. To get onto them, candidates should be over the minimum school leaving age and have reasonable degree of physical fitness. No previous experience of operating lift trucks is required. We also offer refresher courses for candidates who have received adequate formal basic operator training.

    To find out more about this training, or to check out our used forklift selection, just take a look around our website.

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  • Keeping your forklifts safe...

    By coming here to us at Trucks Direct, it’s possible to purchase excellent quality and superb value used forklifts. To get the most from these products, it’s important you care for them properly. This means using them in accordance with their instructions, maintaining them when necessary and making sure they’re stored correctly.

    Also, it’s crucial that you think carefully about security. These vehicles are valuable and if you don’t keep a close eye on them, criminals may steel or damage your trucks. No doubt your heart would sink if you were to arrive at your premises to discover that one or more forklift had been stolen or vandalised. This could result in unwelcome expense and disruption.

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  • Selecting the right forklifts for your firm...

    Decisions concerning which used forklifts to buy for your firm are not ones to take lightly. Although it’s now possible to benefit from superb deals on these vehicles, you’ll still be spending your hard-earned cash on the items and so it’s important you get this right.

    The only trouble is, there are so many fantastic trucks for you to choose from. Here at Trucks Direct UK alone we offer hundreds of vehicles. Whether you’re after gas, diesel or electric models, we can help. All three forms of power have their advantages and potential disadvantages, so it’s a good idea to put some careful thought into which would work best for you.

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