SmartDrive highlights transportation industry trends, best practices

SmartDrive highlights transportation industry trends, best practices


SmartDrive Systems concluded the second of its customer conferences that focused on shared learning and collaboration amongst transportation industry leaders.  Many of the conference sessions focused on best practices in transportation safety, with an emphasis on the use of video-based safety and analytics to minimize risk and enhance operational efficiencies by improving driver behavior. Customers shared the measurable and significant results achieved by their fleets stemming from these practices, including:

• 62% reduction in total accidents and 80% reduction in DOT recordable accidents;
• 6% fuel cost savings ($84/per vehicle, per month fuel savings);
• Zero recordable accidents in the last 10 months;
• Four exonerations in the last 60 days; and
• Gross reserves for claims down 16%.

Continuing the tradition established last year, SmartDrive also announced the winners of its Safety Ambassador and Trailblazer Awards at both conferences. The Safety Ambassador Award recognizes representatives of SmartDrive customer fleets who champion safety innovation. Award winners are passionate about making our roads, their company and their drivers as safe as possible, and are advocates for video because they recognize its positive impacts on fleet safety and operations. The 2018 Safety Ambassador Award winners were:

• Tom Halpin, safety manager at O&G Industries
• Mike Posz, director of safety at Fraley & Schilling

The Trailblazer Award honors fleet customers that are innovators, movers and shakers within the industry. These companies cut a path for others to follow and strive to make our roads safer, SmartDrive related. Trailblazer Award winners for 2018 are:

Boyle Transportation
• Central Oregon Truck Company
• Decker Truck Line
• Hub Group Trucking
Knight Transportation
• Transdev

The conferences took place June 5-6 in Atlanta and June 12-13 in Chicago, with locations selected to be geographically convenient and easily accessible for customer attendees. Keynote speakers included Annette Sandberg, former administrator of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration and Brandon Wiseman, an attorney specializing in U.S. Department of Transportation regulatory and hazardous materials compliance at Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Ferry. In addition to general sessions, the conference program included multi-speaker panel discussions and topical breakout sessions led by SmartDrive customers.

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