National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Shines Light on Truck Drivers Who Make Our Roads Safer
SAN DIEGO, September 12, 2017—SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, today recognized the most improved truck drivers across its database of thousands of drivers from hundreds of companies. This acknowledgment coincides with American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, observed September 10-16, 2017.
Using rigorous criteria and statistical analysis, SmartDrive scrutinized its comprehensive database—which includes more than 200 million analyzed driving events—to identify drivers who are among the safest on the road, as measured by improvements in their SmartDrive® Safety Scores. The Safety Score is an objective measurement of specific driving habits—including speeding, seat belt usage, distracted driving, and others—that increase risk and the likelihood of collisions. For every driver in its database, SmartDrive compared the baseline Safety Score from the initial four weeks the system was installed to their Safety Score during a 12-week period in 2017.
The most improved drivers are:
- Larry Brown, Intermodal Container Logistics
- Brian Graczyk, Innovative Transportation Services
- Keith Hetu, Regency Transportation
- James Hunter, G&P Trucking
- Roy Moore, Central Oregon Truck Company
- Daniel Oechsner, Nussbaum Transportation
- Robert Sisneros, US Transport
- Gary Snyder, M&W Transportation
“Utilization of SmartDrive has played a vital role in gaining awareness behind the wheel. Having a better understanding of how the camera works has assisted me in catching small driving habits and given me the opportunity to improve on them,” says Robert Sisneros, a driver for US Transport and 18-year veteran behind the wheel. “I’ve had the opportunity for coaching sessions done with my safety director and safety administrator, as well as my terminal manager. During these sessions, I have been allowed the time to ask questions, see video footage of what occurred with a full explanation of how to take corrective action.”
There are more than 3.5 million professional truck drivers nationwide, delivering everything from food to local grocery stores and books to neighborhood schools. These professional men and women log close to 724 billion miles annually, and last year delivered nearly 70 percent of the U.S. freight tonnage—roughly 10.55 billion tons. With 80 percent of U.S. communities depending solely on the trucking industry for their goods and commodities, professional truck drivers keep the country moving forward. Because of the dedication of trucking fleets to meet high standards for safety and efficiency, businesses and American citizens alike can confidently ship goods to every corner of the country.
“We’re proud to acknowledge all truck drivers during this special week, but especially those who have made marked improvement,” commented Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. ”We stand with American Trucking Associations and the entire industry in honoring the millions of professional drivers who work to deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day.”
About SmartDrive Systems
SmartDrive Systems, the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s Customer Value Leadership Award for Video Safety Solutions, gives fleets and drivers unprecedented driving performance insight and analysis, helping save fuel, expenses and lives. Its video analysis, predictive analytics and personalized performance program help fleets improve driving skills, lower operating costs and deliver significant ROI. With an easy-to-use managed service, fleets and drivers can access and self-manage driving performance anytime, anywhere. The company, which is ranked as one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, has compiled the world’s largest storehouse of more than 200 million analyzed risky-driving events. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego, and employs over 650 people worldwide.
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