Postal Fleet Services, Inc. Adopts SmartDrive Video-Based Safety Platform; Improves Safety Score by 85 Percent within Five Weeks of Piloting Program
Leading Carrier for the United States Postal Service Selects SmartDrive Safety and Analytics Solution to Improve Driver Safety, Reduce Risk and Exonerate Drivers
SAN DIEGO, July 25, 2017—SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, today announced that Postal Fleet Services, Inc., a major mail hauler primarily servicing the United States Postal Service, has adopted the SmartDrive® video-based safety solution following a competitive review and pilot program.
In piloting the SmartDrive program in its St. Louis, MO service area, Postal Fleet Services improved its SmartDrive Safety Score by 85 percent within a few weeks, and successfully used video footage to exonerate drivers in three collisions—leading to cost savings that more than paid for the SmartDrive platform. The impressive results, coupled with the proactive driver coaching tools, led company leaders to choose the SmartDrive platform over competing offerings.
“Our company has experienced tremendous growth—108 percent over the last three years—and we wanted an advanced, managed service to strengthen safety across our fleet,” said Jeremy Collins, director of business and safety development at Postal Fleet Services. “The review, scoring and prescriptive analytics provided by the SmartDrive program saves our management team significant time and resources. Without this service, we would have had to hire two-to-three additional people to review recorded incidents and provide appropriate coaching to drivers. The SmartDrive program tells us exactly what we need to reduce risk and exonerate drivers.”
Headquartered in St. Augustine, FL, Postal Fleet Services operates in 34 states, providing superior transportation services to the United States Postal Service and hundreds of Postal Area Offices. The company is dedicated to protecting the safety of employees and the general public, and to this end previously installed several advanced safety technologies including autonomous mitigation systems (lane departure and automatic braking systems) and back-up cameras across its fleet. The company most recently adopted the SmartDrive video-based safety program, having recognized its value in preventing accidents.
“We have no doubt that video-based safety technology will soon be standard in the transportation industry, and are pleased to partner with a leading provider that can support our company now, as well as carry us into the future,” said Don Dorris, president of Postal Fleet Services. “We want to make sure every driver has the necessary skills to be safe and efficient.”
With a vast service area and new dispatch sites opening regularly, Postal Fleet Services is committed to maintaining a strong driver coaching program across all its locations. The flexibility and mobility of the SmartDrive platform perfectly supports the growing company. Coaches receive actionable data and recorded events via company-provided tablets, enabling them to provide immediate, onsite training specifically tailored to each driver’s needs. The program also supports the company’s culture of rewarding good driving skills, with drivers being recognized quarterly for consistent and improved performance, as measured by a reduction in their SmartDrive safety score.
“Postal Fleet Services provides transportation to the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, and we are honored to fortify the company’s strong safety culture,” said Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. “It’s exciting for us to have the opportunity to support the success of such an essential organization by providing immediate, comprehensive insight into risk, and arming fleet managers with the data and tools needed to prevent incidents.”