Just 18-months after implementing video-based safety management software, one mega-fleet is reporting significant improvement in safety related outcomes, including multiple driver exoneration’s and a reduction in DOT accident frequency.
During a 12-month period, Joplin, Missouri based carrier, CFI reported a 73% improvement in its SmartDrive Safety Score, an objective measurement of specific driving habits including speeding, seat belt usage, distracted driving and other habits that increase the likelihood of collisions. Since adopting the SmartDrive program, the fleet has reported a decrease in its preventable DOT accident frequency, a reduction in the total number of accidents, and a drop in the cost per accident.
SmartDrive Systems gives fleets and drivers unprecedented driving performance insight and analysis, helping save fuel, expenses and most importantly, saves lives. Its video safety, predictive analytics, telematics, compliance and personalized performance program help fleets improve driving skills, lower operating costs and deliver significant ROI.
“CFI is committed to our core value of safety,” commented Jeff Yarnall, director of safety at CFI. “Our fleet is always looking for opportunities to do better and that’s when we turned to video. It was the next step in the evolution of our safety program. After evaluating five companies, we found SmartDrive offered the best product for our specific needs at CFI.”
Initially, CFI planned to test the SmartDrive program in 500 vehicles. After discovering video-based safety’s positive impact on culture and the bottom line, the CFI leadership team rolled the program out to the entire fleet of 2,000 vehicles.
“We were looking for a program that was going to help us coach to safe driving techniques by providing actionable information that could be leveraged at any level within our organization,” said Yarnall. “SmartDrive helped us to quickly identify the leading indicators that lead to unsafe behavior, and this allows us to intervene and reduce collisions. We had acceptance across the fleet when we began the program and, since complete installation, some of our original challenges have turned into success stories.”
“By adopting a video-based safety program and effectively introducing the technology to fleet managers and drivers, CFI immediately saw results in terms of collisions and risky behavior,” said Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. “We are excited to see that, like many other fleets that have implemented the program, CFI has continued to experience improvement in individual driver performance through effective driver coaching and video recordings.”