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WHY SMITH SYSTEM?

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.

What Training Is Right for Me?

SERVICES

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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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

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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Latest Blog Posts

How to Improve Driver Safety on Construction Sites

On-the-job fatalities in the construction industry continue to rise, but what’s most eye-opening is that, as of 2017, transportation incidents have become the leading cause of death at construction sites. In most of the cases, these deaths could have been avoided if workers had proper training. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2017 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), transportation incidents remained the most frequent fatal workplace event, accounting for 40% of all occupation-related fatalities. Of those deaths, 47% came from the construction and extraction work categories. This marks the first time that vehicle-related deaths topped falls as the leading cause of deaths at construction sites. A study published by the Center for Construction Research and Training looked at deaths that occurred on construction sites between 2011 and 2015. It found that vehicular deaths on construction sites are most commonly the result of being struck by a vehicle in a construction work zone or being struck by equipment. The majority of these incidents take place in work zones, although about 19% of struck-by incidents happen off roadways. Death by non-collision incidents, such as overturned or jackknifed vehicles, also are a fairly common cause of death at construction job sites.

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How to Put the Brakes on Heavy Haul Fatalities

Even as vehicles are being equipped with more sophisticated safety features and traffic fatalities overall are going down, fatalities involving large trucks have increased in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Report, even after 5 years of increasing, fatal crashes dropped slightly overall in 2017. However, fatalities involving large trucks increased from 2016 to 2017, with 4,761 people losing their lives in crashes involving trucks. Of those, 28%, or 1,300 of the people killed were truckers, and the other 72% were in passenger vehicles. The news was even worse for multi-vehicle crashes involving trucks, where the number of fatalities jumped from 267 deaths in 2016 to 343 deaths in 2017, marking a 29-year high for fatal large truck crashes. Across the board, crashes with trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds, which includes dual rear-wheel pickup trucks, was the only category of crashes where fatalities increased. According to the report, however, the biggest increase in fatalities came from crashes in vehicles weighing between 10,000 and 14,000 pounds. The number of crashes among those vehicles doubled from 2016 to 2017, while trucks exceeding 26,000 pounds showed a 3.8% increase.

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4 Ways to Improve Driver Happiness – And Why it Matters

With low unemployment rates and a tight labor market, companies face mounting challenges to find and retain good drivers. Unlike industries where work is conducted from a desk or behind a counter, any position that requires driving is difficult to fill. Hiring managers have to ensure that the worker is not only reliable at performing their primary task — such as delivering packages or going on sales calls — but also has to make certain they are safe and skilled behind the wheel. Providing expert training teaches drivers what they need to maneuver safely on the road, but it takes more than that to retain great drivers and employees. Company culture plays an increasingly important role in employee retention. The challenge of driver retention is most widely noted in the trucking industry, where driver turnover continues to affect operations and lead to changes like increased pay, benefits and bonuses. Even so, companies continue struggling with retention and are looking for ways to not only get good drivers in the door, but make them stay. One way to improve retention while at the same time boosting morale and employee loyalty is a simple but effective benefit that most, if not all, workers are looking for: Happiness.

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Safety Challenges for Telecommunications and Utility Drivers

Workers in the fields of utility and telecommunications face a higher-than-average number of safety challenges on the job. On any given day, they’re working with high-voltage equipment, exposed to extreme weather conditions and may have to perform their jobs from great heights. If they’re working alone, the challenges are even greater; they also have to manage the stress of checking their own work and not having a partner to help. That can be particularly difficult on days when an employee is tired or not feeling well. The National Safety Council points out that slip, trip and fall hazards are common around such worksites, and working outdoors, where ground can be wet and uneven, only increases the likelihood of a workplace incident. While safety managers usually provide training and information about on-the-job dangers, some of the other dangers commonly experienced by utility and telecommunications workers may not always get the attention they deserve. And some of the greatest challenges these workers face will happen as a result of the vehicles they’re driving.

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ABOUT US

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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