DRIVER TIPS FOR COST EFFICIENT DRIVING
1. Leave promptly. Don’t start the engine until you’re ready to go. This avoids fuel wastage due to unnecessary idling and ensures that the engine warms up as quickly as possible.
2. Don’t make sudden changes in speed. Maintain a steady pace within the limit set at your premises. Drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking. This can also reduce maintenance costs.
3. Decelerate smoothly. When you have to slow down or stop, decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in good time.
4. Don’t rev the engine and accelerate unnecessarily. Coasting towards a stacking destination is more efficient than driving quickly and stopping abruptly. Accelerating quickly uses a lot of fuel – accelerate smoothly, without straining the engine.
5. Train your drivers. Good training not only improves safety but also makes your drivers more aware of how to drive efficiently; for example, they will learn to approach a stacking destination correctly at the first attempt, avoiding uneccesary manoeuvring.
6. Don’t idle. If you do have to stop during a handling operation, for example, to wait for the load to be ready, avoid wasting fuel by turning the engine off if it looks like you could be waiting for
more than a minute.
SERVICE YOUR FORKLIFT REGULARLY
7. Keep up-to-date with maintenance. This is extremely important in keeping your truck fuel efficient. Get it serviced according to the manufacturer’s schedule to maintain the forklift’s efficiency.
8. Choose the best tyres and check their condition frequently. If your truck is fitted with pneumatic tyres, make sure they are inflated correctly. Under-inflated tyres increase fuel consumption
and will have a shorter life. Check tyre pressures at least once a month. Pneumatic-shaped cusion tyres need to be replaced periodically. New tyres give better grip and are bigger, therefore
requiring fewer revolutions to travel the same distance, which will also lead to fuel savings.
9. Engine oil and air filter. Make sure you use the correct specification of engine oil (refer to the service manual and advice from Toyota). Fluid levels should be checked every month and kept in line with manufacturer recommendations. Check the air filter – if clogged, fuel consumption will increase. Be sure to use Toyota Genuine Parts when replacing the filter to ensure optimum operation.
10. LPG bottle. Did you know that a substantial amount of all gas purchased in bottles is returned to the supplier? You can save money by making sure that your operator fully empty the bottle
before they change it.
DRIVER TIPS FOR SAFE DRIVING
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ACCIDENTS
11. Forklift truck operators should operate only those trucks which they are qualified and licensed to operate.
12. Forklift trucks should never be left unattended without first shutting off the power, removing the key, neutralising the controls, setting brakes and lowering the forks.
13. Operators should make a careful check of brakes, horn, steering mechanism etc. before use of the truck. Never operate faulty equipment and report faults without delay.
14. Never exceed the safe working load weight.
15. Never allow others to ride on forks or use the forks to raise people to a height.
16. Always keep arms, legs and head inside the operator compartment.
17. Always position loads into the heel of the forks for stability. Do not attempt to move unstable loads.
18. Slow down where aisles cross; at sharp curves; ramps; blind corners; on wet, slippery or rough floors; in congested areas; and when vision is limited or obstructed.
19. Never drive along with the forks raised and always lower the forks before parking.
20. Watch out for pedestrians – especially when approaching aisle crossings or whilst negotiating bends.
21. Look in the direction of travel. Keep a clear view of the path at all times. Always look backwards when backing up, even for short distances.
22. Take particular care on bends and inclines to prevent overturning. Do not park on a ramp or inclined surface, unless absolutely necessary, in which case set the parking brake and chock the wheels.
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