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



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

5 Tips to Help Get Your Fleet Ready for Winter Weather

Driving conditions in winter can change quickly, leading to hazardous conditions on the road. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration attributes nearly one-fourth of all weather-related vehicle crashes to snowfall or sleet, and each year more than 1,300 people are killed and 116,800 are injured in crashes involving snow, slush or ice. While weather and hazardous road conditions are major contributors to such crashes, so is the lack of daylight. During winter months, when the days are shorter, the number of crashes goes up. In fact, the National Safety Council found that traffic fatalities increase by as much as three times after dark.  With so many added pressures to winter driving, it’s imperative for safety managers to review and reinforce winter driving safety reminders before the wet, snowy and icy weather arrives.

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School bus driver safety tips: What should you know?

Safety behind the wheel should be top of mind for every driver. However, with more passengers in their vehicle and a greater number of challenges created by the size and nature of their vehicles, bus drivers have a tremendous responsibility when it comes to safe driving.

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5 Ways To Use E-Learning to Improve Driver Safety

Behind-the-wheel training is always going to provide the most advantages when it comes to transforming driver behavior, reducing crashes and saving lives. However, there are times when E-learning, through online courses and video training, makes more sense.

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How Space Cushion Driving Promotes Driver Safety

As our roads become increasingly crowded, threats to driver safety increase, too. An ever-growing population and more cars on our roads have been cited as the cause of near-record numbers of fatal crashes in some areas. The more congested our roads become, the more important it is for drivers to learn the secrets of creating and maintaining a space cushion. 

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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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