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Smith System


Ozark utilizes the Smith System of Defensive Driving by training every driver in use of this system to eliminate the crashes that can occur. 

Smith System advocates ‘Incident Avoidance’ by utilizing their 5-keys to ensure your drive is successful, every time. 

All accidents are reviewed according to this principle to determine which area our need to hone their driving skills in order to be successful at Ozark Motor Lines.

 
KEY #1 AIM HIGH IN STEERING
15-SECOND EYE LEAD TIME
KEY #2 GET THE BIG PICTURE
Check a mirror every 5-8 seconds
Proper following distance of 1-second 
    for each 10 feet of vehicle length
    plus additional second if over 40 mph
KEY #3 KEEP YOUR EYES MOVING
Move your eyes every 2 seconds
KEY #4 LEAVE YOURSELF AN OUT
Space Cushion around your vehicle
Pre-determined escape route
KEY #5 MAKE SURE THEY SEE YOU
Get eye contact

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