Smith System Driver Improvement Institute, Inc. – Drive Different. Save Lives

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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 Reduce Employer Liability for On-the-Job Crashes

It’s an employer’s responsibility to protect their employees, as well as the company’s bottom line. And when crashes happen on the job, it’s often the employer who is ultimately responsible. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of work-related deaths and account for 24% of all fatal occupational injuries. On average, a property damage crash costs employers $24,500. When there is an injury, that amount increases to $150,000 per crash, including medical and legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity. If there is a fatality, that number is exponentially higher.

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10 Distracted Driving Statistics and Facts That All Drivers Must Know

Distracted driving was directly responsible for 23,000 deaths and well over a million injuries in the U.S. between 2012 and 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). And according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, distracted driving-related crashes cost employers a staggering $18.8 billion in 2019. But despite all the attention given to the dangers of distracted driving, driving statistics indicate that too many drivers aren't taking these dangers seriously. An increasing number of distractions are adding to the problem. While most of us think of cell phones when we think of distracted driving, there are many different types of distracted driving. Checking GPS and navigation systems, changing the radio station or music, searching for controls in your vehicle, eating, drinking, and even experiencing stress and fatigue can play a part in distracted driving. In fact, anything that takes your mind and focus away from driving is considered a distraction.

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Three Types of Distracted Driving

Every five seconds, a vehicle crashes on a U.S. roadway, and every 12 minutes, someone dies as a result. Many of these crashes occur during the workday and on company time. It is an expensive problem for employers, who often foot the bill for the related injuries, repairs and premium increases. One of the biggest and most common contributors to roadway crashes is distracted driving. In 2019, 3,142 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

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Grey Fleet Management: How to Protect Your Drivers and Your Business

As businesses attempt to reduce operating costs, they tend to look toward transportation costs and ask themselves how they can be more effective. Many companies are now looking toward using a grey fleet instead of a traditional fleet. The primary appeal of the grey fleet is that it can reduce operating costs far below having a fleet of business vehicles. However, there are several risks associated with operating a grey fleet. Driver safety professionals must understand the challenges of grey fleets to minimize risk and manage more effectively. 

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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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