While driving a forklift may seem simple nothing is farther from the truth.
Since forklift steer from the rear they are more like driving a boat than a car.
Also, forklifts have the ability to turn very sharply and can get out of control
easily because of the weight balance.
The driver training course gives students a firm feel for the steering as well
as driving backwards. We utilize slalom courses, and practice in our warehouse
with pallet placement and retrieval. The course is an individual course so there
will be no other students driving the forklift except the student. Since we
reserve the forklift for each student for the entire class period, classes
must be reserved in advance and require that they be paid for in advance before
the class is reserved.
Some of the training includes:
Driving forward and backward
Driving on slight grades
in some cases, practical experience with loading and unloading trucks.