SAN DIEGO, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, today announced that Arnold Transportation Services, The Original Regional Carrier, has deployed the SmartDrive video-based safety program. Requiring a solution that reinforced the company's safety mission—"Safety Begins with Me!"—Arnold selected the SmartDrive program to help improve operational efficiency and safety without sacrificing one for the other.
"Safety is at the core of everything we do; it's not just words on a page," stated Mike Driggers, president of Arnold Transportation. "Safety is a required commitment from every employee and associate. Our investment in the SmartDrive program reinforces our mission by protecting our drivers and equipment, without forfeiting on-time delivery and customer service, which are critically important to the continued growth of our business."
Headquartered just outside Dallas in Grand Prairie, Texas, Arnold is a full-service, regional truckload carrier whose heritage dates back to 1932. The company provides a wide range of services to ensure on-time delivery of consignees' freight and Arnold prides itself on its flexible, performance-driven culture. Company leadership's decision to adopt a video-based safety solution was rooted not only in a desire to improve driving safety, but also in the need to leverage the technology to enhance efficiency companywide.
"Without this technology, we were limited in our ability to proactively address risk," noted Eric Nelson, Arnold vice president of recruiting and safety. "SmartDrive allowed us to identify and target risky behaviors with precision versus taking a broad-brush approach. The SmartDrive program also helps reduce accident frequency and exonerate drivers by providing accurate, fact-based video as if we were at the scene of every on-road incident. We have greatly reduced our claims resolution times by knowing what occurred and why."
Video-based safety is widely accepted throughout Arnold Transportation. From executives to drivers—and everyone in between—employees understand the positive impacts of a safer fleet. To ensure driver acceptance and minimize any potential concerns, the Arnold team took a measured, deliberate approach to rolling out the technology. By engaging with the most experienced drivers early on to secure their buy-in and support, fleet management then relied on these veteran employees to help introduce the solution and its benefits to newer drivers.
"I was one of the first Arnold drivers to have SmartDrive installed," commented Dennis Hasse, a 15-year Arnold driver and a 25-year commercial driver's license holder. "Some of my peers thought I was crazy. After a few months, I was involved in an incident in which a shipper accused me of hitting a gate. The video showed that the guard let the gate down before I cleared it. That video kept the company from paying for a gate and it kept me from being at fault! Now, I would not drive without SmartDrive in my truck."
"A major tenet of our SmartDrive Promise is safeguarding a company's drivers and business in every collision," stated Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. "Arnold has demonstrated this same conviction with executive leadership on safety and alignment across the organization. Deploying a video safety program can strengthen driver and company relationships, while improving operational and safety performance. It's a win for everyone."
Arnold Transportation walks the talk. SmartDrive is not only installed in its fleet, but also in some management vehicles, further reinforcing the corporate commitment to safety and transparency.
"I would never ask our drivers to do something that I am not willing to do myself," commented Nelson. "We put ourselves at the forefront of technology so we understand how it works. This not only helps us coach our drivers and ensure open communication, it is also one more way the SmartDrive program helps shape our company's safety program and safety culture."
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 180 million analyzed risky-driving events. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego, and employs over 500 people worldwide.
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