Smith System Training – 5 Keys of Defensive Driving
Smith System® Driver Improvement Institute was the nation’s first professional driver training company. Established in 1952 by Harold Smith, it operates on the principle that most collisions are preventable if the right driving habits are learned, practiced and applied consistently. Since then, millions of drivers throughout the world have benefited from this system.
It operates on 5 key principles:
Aim High In Steering
Look at least 15 seconds into your future, not just at the vehicle in front of you.
Get the Big Picture
Look for hazards. (Other Motorists, Pedestrians, Vehicle doors opening, etc.)
Keep Your Eyes Moving
Don’t stare. Use your peripheral vision. Stop the fixed habit stare.
Leave Yourself an Out
Monitor the space cushion around you.
Make Sure They See You
Use your signals. (Directionals, 4-way Flashers, Head Lights, Brake Lights, Horn, Hand Signals.) Make eye contact.
Here at P&S Transportation, we offer Smith System® classes to our drivers. They are taught by Ben Dunn at our Birmingham, AL terminal, and by Buck Ivey at our Emporia, VA terminal. These classes are a great way to be involved with your Safety Department, and offer great tips and tools for sharpening your flatbed driving techniques.
Please contribute below on how your flatbed driving skills have improved since completing Smith System® training.