Birmingham, United Kingdom, (20th February, 2012) – Trucks Direct UK Ltd, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of quality used forklift trucks for sale and hire, is urging companies to review their winter preparations to avoid unnecessary downtime or expense.
Most of the UK has so far escaped the arctic conditions that brought the country to a standstill last year, but Trucks Direct UK believes that winter is far from over and could still cause problems for businesses.
Alex Hall, Service Manager of Trucks Direct UK Ltd, commented: “The majority of our clients have already taken precautions, but with much colder weather predicted for many parts of the country from mid-February onwards, now would be a good time to review them.
“Companies that haven’t made plans may have got away with it so far, but they really do risk being caught out if the weather takes a sudden turn for the worse.
Trucks Direct UK Limited recommends basic checks that include:
• Make sure the coolant system in engine trucks has a suitable concentration of anti-freeze;
• Ensure oil and other lubricants are kept topped up to keep the truck running smoothly in the cold;
• Check that the service schedule on all trucks is up-to-date and carry out daily checks on significant components;
• Make sure that all outdoor areas where trucks operate are kept free of ice and snow;
• Ensure that operators know how to use equipment safely in adverse conditions.
Other weather-related problems Trucks Direct UK highlights that firms should be aware of include heavy rain, as this can lead to a muddy working environment. Trucks therefore need to be cleaned regularly to avoid becoming clogged-up with debris, such as leaves.
The leading forklift supplier also warns that batteries in electric trucks will not operate at maximum efficiency in very cold weather, so additional charging time will need to be planned for. They note that it is also worth keeping extra fuel on-site in case supplies are disrupted.
Mr. Hall concludes: “Remember that the equipment is only as effective as the operator, so make sure they are suitably equipped to face the conditions with warm, waterproof clothing.”
For more information on Trucks Direct UK’s products and services, please visit http://www.trucksdirectuk.co.uk/ or call 01675 466 000.
About Trucks Direct UK Ltd:
Centrally-located in the West Midlands, Trucks Direct is one of the country’s largest suppliers of quality used forklift trucks, with many years of trading and thousands of satisfied customers throughout the UK and overseas. The company’s long history and extensive contacts in the industry enable us to offer the highest-quality vehicles at the lowest prices. Trucks Direct’s customers range from small businesses acquiring their first forklift, up to some of the country’s largest plc companies, and they employ qualified engineers to ensure that each vehicle sold is thoroughly checked and delivered with 12 months L.O.L.E.R. certification.
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