Every year, thousands of people die in pointless traffic incidents.
Why? There are many answers to this question. The most important answer is that precautions were rarely taken to prevent these tragic events. True, some incidents are unavoidable. But of the millions of collisions happening each year, only a small percentage are truly non-preventable. The right precautions do prevent collisions.
If The Smith System could be defined in one word, the word would be precaution. The Smith System is a series of interlocking techniques for preventing collisions. They are all precautionary measures. They help drivers to see, think and act their way through the multitude of driving environments, challenges and changes that exist wherever drivers travel in whatever types of vehicles they operate. Early detection, awareness, accurate forecasting, perceptive anticipation, and deliberate reaction are the primary features of these techniques.
While preventing loss of life and property, The Smith System also prevents financial losses by aiding drivers to reduce insurance claims, fuel consumption and a substantial amount of vehicle repair, replacement and maintenance. The techniques are interlocking and work in unison to provide drivers a system for enjoyable, economical and safe driving.
This system is tailor-made for the experienced driver who has driven hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of miles. The information in the program can help you build on the knowledge you have gained from years of on-road experience. Our mission is to share with you, or remind you of, the advanced driving techniques that have been tested and proven by many thousands of drivers since 1952.
As an experienced driver, you know about the countless variables that can make a collision happen. Behind the variety of unique reasons for every collision are common contributing factors that repeatedly come into play. Most of these factors involve human error.
Common Causes Of Collisions
Inattention: Many drivers do not pay enough attention to the serious business of driving through the ever changing traffic world. Change is one of the most consistent factors in driving. There is an endless variety of important items to be identified and analyzed at every moment. In order to do that effectively, drivers need to stay focused on the task of driving. Too many drivers take the serious task of driving for granted. They assign driving the same priority level as other tasks they perform th roughout their day. This kind of thinking is neither smart nor safe.
Too Much Or Too Little Attention: Some drivers concentrate too much attention for too long on one item, while missing others of equal or greater importance.
Not Enough Time: Drivers often do not allow themselves adequate time to make decisions and act upon them. This problem is usually caused by not seeing enough, soon enough.
Not Enough Space: Drivers frequently travel in close knit packs, leaving themselves no maneuvering room jf they need to steer clear of a sudden problem. They also tailgate, both inside and outside of these packs.
Not Allowing for the Mistakes of Others: Drivers often fail to see or anticipate the mistakes of others in time to avoid conflict.
Not Enough Training: Many drivers enter the traffic world after gaining only limited knowledge of local laws and the basics of vehicle handling. Fundamental training is often very inadequate. Qualifying for a driver's license in most states requires only basic testing of a driver's ability. In these states, subsequent tests of driving skills are rarely required except in special circumstances.
Failure to Adjust to Conditions: Changing road and weather conditions require drivers to adapt their driving techniques. Certain conditions affect the handling characteristics of vehicles. Many drivers do not adapt to these conditions and are slow to recognize their importance.
Attitude: A driver's emotional state can adversely affect their actions behind the wheel. An educated driver does not allow emotions to take control of their vehicle.
Driver Impairment: The influences of alcohol, drugs, fatigue and illness can lead to collisions.
Vehicle Failure: This causes a very small percentage of collisions, many of which could be avoided if drivers take the proper measures.
Our goal is to help drivers avoid collisions that can be caused by these and many other factors. Remember the skills for seeing, thinking and acting can be indispensable to your driving safety from this day forward.