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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

Top 5 Benefits of Advanced Driver Training

For today’s fleet managers, safety is a top priority. Nothing is as important as the safety of your drivers and your fleet. That's why it is essential to understand the benefits of advanced driver training and to ensure that drivers have the training they need. Advanced driver training helps drivers understand the rules of the road and make better driving decisions. Safe driving habits are as essential to a company’s success as customer service and the maintenance of company vehicles. Behind-the-wheel driver training, combined with classroom and follow-up instruction, is proven to be the most effective way to improve driver behavior and establish safer driving habits.

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The Most Common Mistakes Drivers Make in Winter

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is something that’s never to be taken lightly, but that’s especially true during the winter months. When winter weather goes south, drivers have several factors to deal with in addition to the common safety threats already facing them every day.

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How Companies Can Manage Driver Safety Training During the Holiday Season

Winter brings a number of different challenges for drivers, from fewer hours of daylight to unpredictable weather patterns. That makes it a great time to instill drivers with safety tips and refresher driver training programs.

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The Importance of Routine Follow-Up Training for Your Drivers

Driver training is essential for every company that has drivers, whether they’re driving a heavy-haul vehicle or one of the sedans in the company fleet. The most successful driver training program start with behind-the-wheel training where driving behaviors can be identified, examined and reinforced. While thorough behind-the-wheel training is a great place to start, it’s just that: a starting point.  Follow-up training is critical for refreshing drivers on what they’ve previously learned and pinpointing shortfalls where unsafe habits may have slipped back in. Not all driving behavior will change overnight, even with proper training. Therefore, it’s important to provide drivers with the right tools and training to keep them from defaulting to old habits behind the wheel. Timely reminders of safe practices and promoting a culture of fleet safety are instrumental to ongoing success in reducing collisions and the associated costs.  Including routine follow-up driver training as part of your company’s driver safety practices can help lower the number of employee-involved crashes each year and reduce risks for both your own drivers and for others on the road.

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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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