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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.  

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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The Cost of On-the-Job Traffic Crashes

On-the-job traffic crashes cost employers and commercial carriers billions of dollars each year.

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The Effects of Drowsy Driving

Have you ever driven drunk? We certainly hope not! But what about driving while drowsy? Have you ever driven when you were really tired? Most people don’t realize that drowsy driving has the same...

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What You Need to Know About the ELD Mandate


After a long wait, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final electronic logging device rule — or ELD mandate — in December 2015. Fleets had until December 2017...

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