SmartDrive Systems announced that Danella Companies has implemented SmartDrive’s video-based safety program across its fleet of nearly 200 vehicles. In the first three months, Danella saw critical improvements in these key driver safety indicators: a 79 percent increase in driver seatbelt usage; a 40 percent reduction in speeding; 33 percent drop in unsafe following; and a 29 percent decrease in handheld device usage.
Overall, the fleet experienced a 79 percent improvement in its safety score with a reduction in litigation expenses, better driver retention and greater operational efficiency.
Danella Companies is a Pennsylvania-based provider of construction services to a broad range of utility and railroad customers. In its New York and Connecticut locations, the company operates a fleet of just under 200 vehicles, ranging from small pick-up trucks, cars and SUVs to tractor trailers, step vans, and dump, box and bucket trucks.
Company leadership advocated for the adoption of SmartDrive’s video-based technology to maximize safety, mitigate litigation risks and minimize accident-related financial losses.
“Having long promoted a culture of safety at Danella, our deployment of SmartDrive’s platform further enhances and extends the safety programs we already had in place, while also exonerating drivers and positively impacting the bottom line. Additionally, friendly internal competition among our drivers to achieve the best safety scores are testament to their acceptance of the program and commitment to continuous improvement,” noted Dave Pancoast, safety director at Danella. “Interestingly, we’ve found that the biggest benefit of the SmartDrive system is the driver education that comes with it—SmartDrive serves up the right business intelligence insights we need to guide our proactive and constructive coaching.”
“The company has done an outstanding job, effectively and proactively engaging drivers proactively to ensure their buy-in and enthusiasm for the SmartDrive program and the resulting ongoing safety enhancements,” added Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive.
SmartDrive’s video-based safety program identifies unsafe driving with an extensible platform, integrating video, vehicle data, audio and driving data for a unified view of risk. The program automatically offloads footage for expert review and analysis, and prioritization for coaching.