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Clients choose Smith System because we teach drivers to drive differently. We give fleet drivers of all types the knowledge and tools to make better decisions behind the wheel. This leads to a significant return on investment in terms of crash reduction, injury reduction, maintenance savings, fuel savings, higher employee satisfaction and, most importantly, saved lives.

Another reason clients choose Smith System? Our reputation. Founded in 1952, Smith System is the nation’s first fleet driver safety training organization. We deliver behind-the-wheel instruction to more than 250,000 drivers annually and serve customers on every continent. More than half of Fortune 500 fleets use Smith System for driver safety training.

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As the world’s leading crash-avoidance training company, Smith System offers instruction in more than 22 languages and 100 countries around the world. All of our courses are based on The Smith5Keys®. In addition to behind-the-wheel driver instruction and classroom training, Smith System also offers e-learning, safety and compliance consulting, and powerful, leading-edge technology to help you manage your fleet and drivers.

Smith System has also been integrating driver training with telematics, driver scoring metrics and predictive risk analysis since 2012. Smith360™ certified ELDs offer advanced GPS location and telematics to track your fleet while also monitoring driver behavior. Plus, ours is the only telematics program tied directly to driver safety training.

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Our clients refer to Smith System as “nothing short of a miracle” and “the best form of driver training.”

But more importantly, they note the significant financial savings and safety improvements they have enjoyed after working with us. Our testimonials describe real-world results:

  • “Reduced preventable accident rates by over 60%.”
  • “An improvement of over 450%.”
  • “Our backing accidents have decreased from 43% to a little more than 2%.”
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How National Grid Is Improving Fleet Safety with Smith System Training

With more than 11,500 drivers, National Grid, understands how critical it is to invest in the safety of each and every employee. The gas and electric utility company, which covers Massachusetts, Rhode Island, parts of New Hampshire and all of New York state, relies on Smith System training to make sure that all of its drivers have the best tools to handle whatever occurs when they’re behind the wheel. “We started using Smith System in 2008,” says Samantha Murray, Vehicle Safety Manager at National Grid. “It started in gas operations, but we received such great feedback on it that we made it part of our policy.” In 2014, the company implemented a Safe Motor Vehicle Operations Policy that made driver safety training part of its requirements. “Our drivers liked the training from the very beginning,” Murray says. “It’s now something that everyone in our company participates in, from field employees to executives. It’s been very beneficial.”

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The Cost of Road Rage: Surprising Statistics About Aggressive Driving

We’ve all had those moments behind the wheel; maybe it’s after a long day of work or perhaps it happens after sitting in traffic for too long. But at some point, we have all felt aggravated by other drivers on the road. We’ve wanted to react aggressively, and we may have actually lashed out. Even though the term “road rage” is relatively new, incidents of aggressive driving and anger behind the wheel have been around almost as long as the automobile itself. And, while the vehicles we drive have become safer and the roads we drive on have been greatly improved, the way we’re behaving on those roads has become more dangerous. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that in a single year, nearly 80% of drivers admit to having feelings of anger and exhibiting some sort of aggressive behavior behind the wheel. When traffic and bad tempers collide, the situation can escalate quickly. In too many cases, they can turn dangerous — and even deadly.

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Fleet Forecast: Driver Safety Trends to Watch in 2019

Technology can change the way fleets are managed and how drivers communicate with their managers. Now, it has the potential to change the way drivers see the road. As more advancements are made in the areas of augmented reality, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence, both safety and efficiency are being transformed for drivers and safety managers. Several innovations in 2018 set the stage for this year, which could bring even greater changes both behind the wheel and behind the desk. Here’s a look at six driver safety trends that will play pivotal roles for driver safety professionals in 2019.

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How Companies Can Reduce Driver Safety Risks in the Oil and Gas Industry

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), motor vehicle crashes are responsible for more than 40% of work-related deaths in the oil and gas industry. That’s concerning, especially since the oil and gas industry already is known for having some of the most dangerous jobs in the world and has a workplace fatality rate that is eight times higher than the national average.

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In 1952, Harold Smith established Smith System Driver Improvement Institute, the nation’s first professional driver training company. He understood that most crashes are preventable if the right driving habits are learned, practiced and applied consistently. Since then, millions of drivers throughout the world have benefited from the program he developed.

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