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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

Forklift Operators: Get Prepared For Winter Driving Conditions

Winter is rapidly approaching, and with it comes colder nights and harsher weather conditions. Which means that it’s also time to consider how these weather changes are going to impact operating a forklift safely. 

Whether you’re using a counterbalance forklift truck, a reach forklift truck, or any other type of forklift – you need to prepare yourself for the winter driving conditions by focusing on some key areas. 


The wintry season generally means more fog, rain, hail, snow, mud and ice. But it also means shorter amounts of daylight, which can severely impact visibility. Being able to clearly see the environment around you is even more essential when operating a forklift, so get prepared by following these recommendations:

  • Thoroughly inspect the warehouse/facility you’re operating in for adequate lighting.
  • Always remove any ice and mud from the windshield of your forklift before driving it. And check that the lights and wipers are functioning properly. 
  • The cold can distract you from safely operating your forklift, so always wear appropriate warm winter clothing, such as rain gear, gloves, and hats that don’t restrict visibility.
  • Any pedestrians working in forklift areas need to be wearing high visibility clothing at all 

Forklift Manoeuvrability

Ice, snow and heavy rain can dramatically change the operating surface that you’re driving the forklift on, hindering manoeuvrability. Here’s how you can prepare: 

  • Exercise more caution in areas near doorways into the building or sloping parts of the floor. These spots can often get wet or icy as a result of forklift traffic.
  • Stopping distance will be effected when surfaces are slippery. Therefore it’s best to increase your following distance. You could also use traction devices such as chains for outdoor driving as necessary.
  • Make sure you use de-icers or salt to melt the ice in effected areas. 

Keep in mind that ice or snow may end up on the forks of your forklift truck, as well as on dunnage or on the bottom of any loads you’re carrying, causing them to shift on the forks. This is why it’s a good idea to allow the forklift’s hydraulics to warm up first, to improve their functionality. 

  • Ensure any snow is cleaned off the forks before picking up a load. 
  • Reduce your speed when transporting loads, and when cornering. 
  • Wait until any load you’re stacking is almost in position before tilting forward.

At H&F Lift Trucks, we’ve got all the new or used forklift models you could ask for.

Please, contact us today on 0800 298 8790 for more information.

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Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director

H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

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