SAN DIEGO, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, today announced that Cypress Truck Lines Inc., a Jacksonville, Fla. family-owned and operated trucking company, has selected SmartDrive's video-based safety program for deployment to improve safety and reduce costs.
Following an extensive evaluation process of multiple providers, Cypress Truck Lines selected SmartDrive to complement its existing robust safety program because of its modern technology platform, flexible program and hands-on customer success team. With a focus on drivers and safety, Cypress chose to add a video based-safety program to provide a deeper view of overall safety performance and to help lower collision costs by reducing the number of claims and exonerating drivers from not-at-fault collisions. Within weeks of implementation, the company improved its safety score by 57 percent and saw reductions in speeding and distracted driving—58 percent and 48 percent respectively.
"Safety is our top priority," said Thad Penland, vice president at Cypress Truck Lines. "We tell our employees that everything else will take care of itself as long as you are safe. For that to really be part of the culture, everyone needs to buy into it—which starts at the top. SmartDrive has brought a tangible perspective to our culture of safety by providing insight to the challenges our drivers face daily on the road. The program is in place to protect our drivers and we are already seeing it positively impact our fleet operations—exonerating two drivers who were not at fault in addition to significantly reducing collision costs. SmartDrive has become a key part of our on-boarding and training programs. We rest-easy knowing that we can quickly identify new drivers that need further training, lowering our risk while improving overall performance."
SmartDrive's video-based safety program identifies unsafe driving with an open platform that captures video, vehicle, audio, driving data, and automatically offloads footage for expert review and analysis, providing a clear picture of what happened on the road. SmartDrive's program has proven effective in improving the efficiency and protection in the on-boarding process; the SmartDrive program enables Cypress Truck Lines to measure driving performance and protect each driver from the first day a new driver is on the road, helping identify good drivers, and those who require additional coaching and investment or pose significant risk to the business.
"Cypress Truck Lines takes an innovative approach to safety by treating it as a strategic component of their business," said Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. "We are proud to have been selected by a company that is not satisfied with the status-quo and has proven you can invest in safety and your drivers, while also building a growing, healthy business. We are thrilled to welcome Cypress Truck Lines to the SmartDrive family."
Cypress Truck Lines' drivers are embracing SmartDrive's program and acknowledging the peace of mind the platform brings to their daily work. For instance, Larry Robinson, driver of truck # 7402, noted, "When the SmartDrive camera was first installed in my truck, I viewed it as a burden. However, after experiencing the benefits of this technology first-hand, I am now confident that, should an incident occur while I'm on the road, and it's not my fault, I will have the proof I need to be exonerated. That's peace of mind."
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About Cypress Truck Lines, LLC
Cypress Truck Lines, Inc. is a flatbed carrier headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, operating more than 500 power units throughout the United States. We pride ourselves in providing on-time delivery service to our customers. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our truck drivers and their families by providing driver-friendly jobs. Cypress is looking for the top drivers to fill the best trucking jobs in the industry.
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 more than 400 people worldwide.
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