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Smith System Blog

Whether you’re a fleet manager, compliance officer, executive, sales director or delivery driver, you’ll find helpful information on the Smith System blog that you can immediately put to use. Learn about driver safety, new technology impacting our roadways, the latest safety stats, tips to make your fleet more efficient, changes in regulations and much more.  

How Safe is Autonomous Driving?

The fantasy of a self-driving vehicle has been around almost as long as the automotive industry itself. But in the past 15 years, that dream has become a mission for many tech-driven automakers....

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Is Your Distracted Driving Policy Up to Snuff?

Distracted driving continues taking a toll on America’s roads. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, some 391,000 people were injured as the direct result of distracted driving in...

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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...

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Who Is Subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations?

When it comes to safety on the road, no one is watching more closely than the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

As an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation, the...

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Why Your Vehicle Needs a ‘Sterile Cockpit’ Rule

In 1981, the Federal Aviation Administration imposed a new rule designed to increase safety for both flight crew members and passengers. The new mandate, called the sterile cockpit rule, required...

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What Happens if You Have a Car Crash in a Company Vehicle?

Not all car crashes are created equal. They can cause varying amounts of damage, both to property and to people, and they happen for several different reasons — from human error to mechanical...

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5 Cost-Effective Ways to Reduce Traffic Crashes

For driver safety professionals, reducing crashes is always top of mind. Traffic crashes are costly and result in lost productivity, and they can create a perception that safety is not an...

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5 Best Practices for Creating Fleet Policies and Procedures

Regardless of the size of your company’s fleet, it’s important to have comprehensive fleet policies and procedures in place. With a solid fleet policy, you will create a clear picture of what is...

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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.

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How Negligent Entrustment Can Affect Your Company

 

If one of your employees has a crash while driving a company vehicle, your company could be found guilty of negligent entrustment and ultimately be on the hook for damages.

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