Before you can drive forklift trucks legally, you will need to pass the forklift driving test. This is made up of two parts, a theory assessment and a practical assessment. Here we will provide information on what the forklift theory test includes and what you will need to know in order to pass it.
In order to stand a chance at passing the forklift driver theory test, you will need to have in depth knowledge of the relevant safety rules and regulations.
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How to inspect a forklift truck for safety compliance
A large part of the forklift theory test questions the individual’s knowledge of safety. Forklift trucks are very dangerous pieces of machinery and if mishandled, can cause life threatening injuries and even death. This is why it is extremely important that individuals understand how to carry out checks and inspections to ensure the equipment is safe and complying with relevant regulations, prior to use. They also must have knowledge of how to operate forklift safely to eliminate risks of injury to themselves and others around them.
Operating a forklift truck and understanding its functions
Individuals taking the forklift theory test are also required to have in-depth knowledge of how to operate a forklift truck and the various functions of different parts of the machine. It is important that individuals can also answer theory questions on how to drive a forklift truck safely. An example question they may be asked is ‘what direction must the load face when travelling down a ramp?’
Forklift trucks are dangerous pieces of machinery, which is why it is paramount that you understand the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of operating them. Passing the theory test will prove that you have the knowledge to operate the machinery safely and will minimise the risk to yourself and your peers.
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Calculating load capacity
Different forklifts vary in the weight they are able to lift and carry. Part of the theory criteria involves knowing load capacities and the height at which loads can be safely carried. Some questions may actually require you to calculate load capacities, so you will need to make sure you have learnt the correct formulas and have brushed up on your math skills!
Finding a solution in problematic situations
The forklift driver theory test often tests individuals’ knowledge by asking them to explain how they would act in a certain situation. For example ‘what would you do if you noticed a badly damaged pallet supporting a load?’ For some questions, individuals may be required to list multiple actions that they would take to resolve the problem safely.
Take practice tests
One of the best ways to prepare yourself for the forklift theory test is to take practice tests. We provide these within our forklift driver training programme, but there are also various websites that give you access to mock tests.
Passing the forklift theory test
In order to stand the best chance at passing your forklift theory test, you need to revise the material so you know it off by heart. Only someone that is truly committed to learning the health and safety regulations and forklift theory is going to be able to pass the test with flying colours.
Once you have passed the theory test and the practical assessment, you will be given a certificate that proves you have a forklift driving licence. You will find this certification incredibly beneficial when competing for warehouse jobs and the like, as companies tend to favour candidates that are already qualified to drive forklifts.
Booking forklift driving training
If you are interested in finding out more about the forklift theory test or you would like to book yourself on one of our forklift driver training courses, get in touch with our sales team today!
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