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SmartDrive is a new technology that protects drivers on the road and saves fuel costs for commercial trucks, mass transit, and other fleets.
How SmartDrive Works
The SmartDrive technology was designed to protect and support fleet drivers by helping them to hone their driving skills through performance analysis.
Leveraging the use of videos, SmartDrive helps managers coach drivers on their individual performance based on a “real time” true version of what is happening on the road. By pinpointing specific driving maneuvers, experts can review, analyze and categorize the most relevant events to coach toward improvement.
Improved Driving Safety
Risky driving is reduced by 50-70%.
A recent study from AAA found that 87% of drivers engaged in at least one type of unsafe behavior within the previous 30 days, including:
- sending and reading texts
- driving while drowsy
- driving while intoxicated
While many surveyed found risky behaviors to be “unacceptable” they also admitted to engaging in the behavior themselves. For example, 97 percent of drivers said it was “unacceptable” behavior for someone to drive if they are struggling to keep their eyes open. However,
One in three drivers said they have driven when they had a hard time keeping their eyes open in the past month.
These behaviors are reduced with a SmartDrive system in place because:
- Drivers are more alert knowing the technology is being used in their vehicles.
- The data will be analyzed and used to deter this behavior.
Driver Safety and Security
Athletic teams have been watching game films to improve athlete performance for decades. SmartDrive uses a similar method; by reviewing driving films, drivers learn how to improve their skills. Whether they have been driving for years or they are brand new, there is always room for improvement.
Another Benefit: Reduced Expenses
Research shows that 25% of fuel waste comes from inefficient driving maneuvers such as speeding, acceleration, and idling. The Consumer Energy Center notes that speeding alone contributes to excess fuel waste. For example, driving 65 mph instead of 75 mph reduces fuel cost by 13%. Extra wind resistance and weight and vehicle idling also contribute to fuel waste.
Defense of False Truck Accident Claims
SmartDrive claims to be the most accurate and advanced event recording system on the market today. As such, drivers now have vehicle data which helps defend against fraudulent truck accident claims. It is estimated that in excess of 80% of SmartDrive videos are used for this purpose.
Fleet driving can be dangerous, particularly for truck drivers who are on the road for extended hours. Employers can protect their workforce and provide them with the driving safety tools they need with SmartDrive technology.