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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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Latest Blog Posts

How Automated Safety Systems Lead to Distracted Driving

The tools and technology in today’s vehicles not only make them more comfortable and easier to drive; they’re also designed to help make driving safer. However, a study released late last year by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that this advanced technology often has the opposite effect. In fact, as drivers use automated safety systems more often and become dependent on it, they actually can become less safe behind the wheel.

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U.S. Traffic Deaths: Vehicles Are Getting Safer, But Drivers Aren't

Vehicles being built today are safer than ever before, with increasingly more tools to alert drivers to problems around them — or even help them avert danger through features like collision avoidance systems. 

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The Impact of Distracted Driving

As many as one in three U.S. adults admits to using some kind of technology while driving, whether it’s entering an address into a navigation system, talking on a cellphone, changing a radio station or some other distraction. Truth be told, that number is probably much, much higher.

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The Complete DOT Audit Checklist

The Department of Transportation regularly conducts audits to make sure companies are in compliance with all regulations. Since 2010, the number of DOT audits has increased, due in part to its implementation of the Safety Measurement System, which compiles data from all roadside inspections and weigh stations. The system then assigns a score to each carrier, and companies that have a high number of violations are most at risk for being audited. Since DOT audits take place with little to no advance notice, it’s important for every carrier to make sure they’re always prepared. Keeping good records all year long that have plenty of attention to detail can help make the audit go more smoothly and will help ensure your business passes the audit.

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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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