Video-Based Safety Program Helps Leading Private Fleet Improve Safety Score by 39.8 Percent During Same Period
SAN DIEGO, July 29, 2015 — SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, today announced that TBHC Delivers, a full-service direct distribution company, has deployed SmartDrive’s video-based safety program across its entire fleet. TBHC leverages the information delivered through the SmartDrive video safety program to take the guesswork out of driver performance and ensure safety investments are aligned to implement a fear-free safe working environment for its employees.
As the country’s largest distributor of Hunt Brothers® Pizza, TBHC’s primary goal when considering a video-based safety solution was to establish a driver improvement program that wasn’t punitive, but that promoted active collaboration amongst the team. The company saw video technology as both a means to accurately capture the facts surrounding risky driving events and a tool to better align driver performance and management objectives. After assessing a number of providers, TBHC selected SmartDrive based on a combination of factors, including its advanced technology, configurable and easy-to-use coaching tools and the speed with which video footage is made available to the fleet.
“We are committed to being a positive influence in the communities in which we operate, which is why we embarked on a mission to further enhance our safety program,” said Doug Sanford, TBHC’s vice president of strategic initiatives. “Our decision to partner with SmartDrive was based not only on their innovative technology, but also on the collaborative, customer-focused service delivered by its solutions team.”
TBHC’s unique approach in their deployment was to designate a driver mentor that works with each individual driver to determine what went wrong during an event and what could be done to prevent a repeat occurrence. The objective, Sanford said, is to coach away the poor performance instead of dismissing or punishing employees who might not realize there was an issue in the first place.
“With SmartDrive technology, we know exactly what happened in the lead up to a risky event,” noted Brett Pulley, TBHC’s safety coordinator. “We’re then in a much better position to direct resources toward addressing the issue—in a non-punitive way—so that drivers receive appropriate coaching. This has already shown positive results, such as reductions in texting and excessive speeding—ultimately increasing our fleet safety score.”
SmartDrive is the industry’s only video-based safety program that identifies unsafe driving with an extensible platform, integrating video, vehicle data, audio and driving data for a unified and comprehensive view of risk. The program automatically offloads footage for expert review and analysis, and prioritization for coaching. This saves fleets time and resources, which can them be focused on delivering increased value to their customers; measured in on-time delivery, accuracy and specialized customer service.
“We’ve been extremely impressed with TBHC’s unique approach to driver performance management and are very excited about the opportunity to work with them to deliver tangible results that advance the effectiveness of their safety program,” said Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. “Through a combination of advanced video technology, proactive and reactive training and coaching, and a culture that highly values the contributions of every driver, TBHC has implemented a comprehensive safety program that can serve as a model for other fleets.”
About TBHC Delivers
TBHC Delivers is a full-service, independent direct distribution fleet that helps convenience store owners grow their business through high-quality, turn-key food service programs. The company provides comprehensive sales training, superior service and outstanding food service products to more than 3,000 convenience stores spanning 14 states in the Southern and Midwest United States, and is the largest distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza, the largest independent brand of hot, fresh-baked pizza in the convenience store market with over 7,000 locations in 28 states.
About SmartDrive Systems
SmartDrive Systems 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 has compiled the world’s largest storehouse of more than 80 million analyzed risky-driving events. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego, Calif., and employs 450 people worldwide.
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- Posted by Erica Frank
- On July 29, 2015